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  • Date Submitted: 03/22/2013 08:12 AM
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Chinese American
The Chinese American community is the largest overseas Chinese community in North America. Many Chinese Americans are immigrants along with their descendants from Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan.
Chinese immigrants to the United States brought many of their ideas, ideas and values with them. Some of them continued to influence later generations.

In many respects, the motivations for the Chinese to come to the United States are similar to those of most immigrants. Some came to "The Gold Mountain," and others came to the United States to seek better economic opportunity. The Chinese brought with them their language, culture, social institutions, and customs. Over time they made lasting contributions to their adopted country and tried to become an integral part of the United States population.

Chinese immigration can be divided into three periods.
The Golden Rush
Background:
At that time, From the history book, we all know that Southern China faced with the severe political and economic instability due to the weakness of the Qing Dynasty government.

The first period began shortly after the California Gold Rush and ended abruptly with the passage of the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882. During this period thousands of Chinese, mostly young male peasants(农民), left their villages in the rural countries to become laborers in the American West. They were recruited(征募) to extract metals and minerals, construct a vast railroad network, build irrigation systems, work as migrant agricultural laborers.. At the end of the first period, the Chinese population in the United States was about 110,000.

Railway
After the gold rush wound down in the 1860s, the majority of the work force found jobs in the railroad industry. Chinese labor was integral (完整的)to the construction of the First Transcontinental Railroad, which linked the railway network of the Eastern United States with California on the Pacific coast. It created a nationwide mechanized...

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