The white Americans also argued that the Chinese decreased the American moral and cultural standards by visiting prostitutes, smoking opium, and gambling. Violence towards this race increased greatly. In 1871, nineteen Chinese were killed in Los Angeles and in 1877 more were killed in San Francisco. This violence shows just how large of an issue this was and how the Chinese was America’s scapegoat for the economic crisis. The Californian government passed certain anti-Chinese legislation such as requiring special licenses for Chinese businesses or preventing naturalization (Chinese Exclusion Act).
In the midst of the 1850s, California society was under a strong effect of hostile to outsider’s act. It was known as the Foreign Miners Tax and the showing viably forced overpowering expense accumulation on the migrant workers. The act also demanded every foreign miner to pay $20 U.S. dollars each month. Due to the heavy amount of taxation, many Chinese miners refused to pay the $20 tax and left the States. The increasing number of Chinese miners leaving the country due to the Foreign Miner’s Tax, the act was then repealed in 1851 (Natasha Rivero, 2010).
Qing government imposed high taxes on peasant farmer; unable to pay these taxes, many of them lost their lands” (Takaki, 192). This demonstrates the unfavorable conditions for the Chinese in their own mainland and thus leaving them no choice but to seek well-being in America. Even if the Chinese stayed, they would up being targets of abuse by other countries. On the contrary, some may say that in America the Chinese faced discrimination, but even with these violations America had jobs to offer the Chinese. The Chinese were still being paid and were able to live
The California Gold Rush was amongst one of the many attractions that America offered. However, the Chinese immigrants had many difficulties on their way to following the American Dream. An obstacle they had to overcome was the laws of their imperial monarchy of the time, the Qing dynasty of China. Their rule, which lasted from 1875 to 1908, had opposing views on the working class of China migrating to America and is what postponed immigration for many Chinese people. Those who were able to immigrate were second and third class and often came without much wealth, enduring the poor living conditions on their transportation, with small cabins and terrible food.
An American organization dedicated to defending human rights, Freedom House, has reported Tibet as the second worst place in the world for political rights and civil liberties. In Tibet, peaceful protesters are subjected to imprisonment, torture, and killed in several cases. During a peaceful protest in 2008, 16-year-old student Lhundup Tso was one of 13 people shot dead by Chinese police. In China, UN conventions have also been constantly violated through the large-scale use of torture against Tibetan prisoners. “After 16-year-old Tsomo (name changed) and her uncle shouted “Long live the Dalai Lama” and “Freedom for Tibet”.
The Stamp Act declared that all printed material had to carry a special stamp, and American colonists had to pay for it. The Act mostly affected people who used a lot of paper, like newspaper printers and lawyers, influential people who can persuade and rally people against the British. The colonists were very angry and felt that the British were robbing them of their hard earing by making them pay unreasonable taxes on things like tea and postage. Furthermore, they did not even have any representation in the British Parliament. The colonists citing “no taxation without representation” and they completely stopped paying taxes.
During the Gold Rush in the late 1840s, a vast amount of Chinese immigrants, about 335,000 people, proceeded to the West Coast of the United States. These immigrants faced a great deal of segregation and discrimination from the Americans. In many ways, the Chinese were in difficult situations when it came to retaining lives that they were accustomed to before attempting to live a better life in America. Despite the challenges that were faced by the Chinese immigrants, many managed to maintain a culture similar to their own although it was more of a Chinese culture that was influenced by American customs. In areas, such as the Chinatowns, many Chinese customs still live by their inhabitants.
Moreover, an emphasis on rights tends to limit our vision of what the moral life entails. Morality, it 's often argued, is not just a matter of not interfering with the rights of others. Relying exclusively on a rights approach to ethics tends to emphasize the individual at the expense of the community. And, while morality does call on us to respect the uniqueness, dignity, and autonomy of each individual, it also invites us to recognize our relatedness that sense of community, shared values, and the common good which lends itself to an ethics of care, compassion, and concern for
During the late 19th century and early 20th century there were many rumors that America was the “land of opportunity”. Millions of people emigrated from Europe and Asia to America. However, the Chinese were banned from entering the country in 1882 due to the Chinese Exclusion Act. There was a difference between the old immigrants and the new immigrants. Old immigrants came from northern or western Europe, they assimilated quickly, they were Protestant, and they arrived with some money.