Yellow Peril Comparison

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Anthropology 3AC: Research Paper
A Comparison of Immigration: Chinese Peril

The Yellow Peril, the yellow plague, the yellow spectre, they were all names used to describe the immigration of Chinese immigrants coming from mainland in search of work and jobs. Arriving in the new landscape, most Chinese men took menial jobs as a way to support their families back home and enjoyed a comparatively wealthy way of life compared to back in China where they were treated horribly by their own government, taking their land, political instability and declining economic growth. The first wave of Chinese immigrants arrived from 1850 to 1890 where over 300,000 Chinese immigrants ultimately made the perilous journey, coming in search of “all kinds of labor,
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Many of these students who apply the top tier colleges face discrimination based on their race, for example where in universities Caucasians are 3 times more likely to gain admittance to colleges compared to Asians who display similar test scores and extracurricular. Even with comparable qualifications, the implication is that the norm for Asian Americans should be much higher compared to others because Asian families place a much higher emphasis on education thus creating a silly obstacle that most Asian students have faced when applying to universities. This phenomenon continues to professional life where Asian Americans are often passed over for promotions into managerial positions because of their tendency to be seen as “passive and weak” (Wingfield, 2016). This can be compared to the European immigrants in Takaki’s book where European immigrants were almost immediately given citizenship and ability to traverse as actual citizens where Chinese immigrants were forced into lower positions, even to the point where they could not garner citizenship simply because they were not white. This ultimately resulted in the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 where the US government placed heavy restrictions on Chinese immigration, prohibiting ALL Chinese immigration for over 50 years (Takaki, 1993, p. 207-208). Comparing this to modern professional life, Asian workers are still discriminated …show more content…
As shown in Takaki’s book, many Asian women came to America as prostitutes, sold by their families into servitude, with contracts that enslaved them for over 4 years. Many of these women were not able to reproduce after their servitude because of the sexual trauma and many of these women sought drugs as a release from their forced prostitution (Takaki, 1993, p.212-213). Many women in the past had to deal with the idea of being a “double minority,” being both a women and Asian they faced certain pains that many Asian men who immigrated here did not have to face. Even as time passed, as America became more tolerant in minorities, women still faced rampant discrimination. During the time of the Chinese Exclusion Act, many Asian women could not leave their homes in fear of being attacked or raped because they were seen as fragile or weak. Being seen as weak or submissive has gone through the passage of time and many people in modern society still see Asian women as submissive and sexualized. In popular culture, movies and television often portray Asian women as sexual creatures, their primary appeal being their attractiveness and everything else is only second to that (Espiritu, 2008). There is a strong wage discrepancy between Asian women and white men, with Asian women earning only around 87% of a white men’s average salary (Nguyen, 2016). Even as we grow towards a more

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