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At America's gates : Chinese immigration during the exclusion era, 1882-1943

by Erika Lee

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Chinese exclusion and its consequences   (2011-07-13)


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by jmcgough

This is "the first book devoted entirely to both Chinese immigrants and the American immigration officials who sought to keep them out. Erika Lee explores how Chinese exclusion laws not only transformed Chinese American lives, immigration patterns, identities, and families but also recast the United States into a 'gatekeeping nation.' Immigrant identification, border enforcement, survaillance, and deportation policies were extended far beyond any controls that has existed in the United States before." -- from the back cover.

Contents: PART I: CLOSING THE GATES: 1. The Chinese Are Coming. How Can We Stop Them?; 2. The Keepers of the Gate; PART II: AT AMERICA'S GATES: 3. Exclusion Acts; 4. One Hundred Kinds of Oppressive Laws; PART III: CRACKS IN THE GATE: 5. Enforcing the Borders; 6. The Crooked Path; PART IV: THE CONSEQUENCES AND LEGACIES OF EXCLUSION: 7. In the Shadow of Exclusion; Epilogue: Echoes of Exclusion in the Late Twentieth Century; and Afterword: Following September 11, 2001.
With tables, drawings, and photographs.

A copy of this book is held in the Governor Gary Locke Library, Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, Seattle, Washington State, USA.

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