East Asians commonly find themselves to be victims of stereotyping with negative consequences like discrimination. The racial grouping Asian American refers to 29 singular countries and cultures including China, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, Mongolia, North Korea,South Korea,Taiwan (Kim). Although each culture is distinct, most East Asians are treated similarly in the United States. The same goes for Asian Americans that are naturalised and those that were born citizens. Ironically, some speculate that is one of the ways that Asian American stereotypes are to its host’s detriment.
According to Jeff Guo and Daron Taylor from Washington Post, when Asian immigrants arrived during the mid-1800s, they were met with intolerance as “the popular media often portrayed them as scoundrels, degenerates, and job-stealers.” Additionally, writer Jonathan Freedman pointed out that “the debased and racist attacks on Chinese” had led to the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, which was one of the early methods to limit immigration, or specifically Asian immigration. Also, fear of Asian immigrants taking control was a prevalent factor for the Exclusion Act. For example, a literature titled “The Rise of Fu Manchu” depicts of “an Asiatic villian” who plans to take over the world. It wasn’t until after the second World War when Americans opened their arms of acceptance and appreciation towards Asian immigrants. Before, Asians were paid very lowly, or “like blacks”, according to Jeff Guo and Daron Taylor.
In the west wages were declining due to the Chinese immigrants taking jobs. Then the government passed the Chinese Exclusion Act in 1882 to protect the American’s jobs. The act stated no Chinese immigrants would be allowed in unless their parents lived in America. After this act was passed the main concern of the government was urbanization. They government helped out with five challenges of urbanization crime, fire, transportation, sanitation and water.
The Bamboo Ceiling In 1985, historian David A. Bell claimed that the triumph of Asian Americans was “America’s greatest success story” (Bell). While one might argue Bell is giving the success story of Asian Americans too much credit, no one can deny the advancement of Asian Americans in American society. Despite being exploited and subject to discrimination in the mid-1850s to mid-1950s, Asian Americans have become one of the richest ethnic group in America and have a higher percentage of individuals who have received a college education relative to other races. However, many Asian Americans suffer from the “bamboo ceiling” phenomenon, where Asians are unable to advance to highest level managerial, executive, or social positions.
The different treatment from everyone else was only based on the individual’s race. . In her story we learn how the ignorance by some Americans has isolated and discriminated some ethnic groups including Japanese, Chinese, Africans or Native Americans. When we experience injustice in our country then we need to stand up together as a whole community. In Study Terkel’s powerful interview essay “C.P.
Hollywood is unfair and pernicious in its portrayal of Asians, the research shows time and again. Stereotypical and often contradictory characteristics are imposed on Asians. There are clear indications that such media characterizations are reinforcing misperceptions that are manifesting in real life as everything from covert discrimination to unabashed racism. Stereotypes have very real consequences for Asians living in the West in terms of day-to-day interaction, current events and governmental legislation. Upwardly mobile Asians find themselves hitting glass ceilings and earning far less than their white counterparts due to preconceived notions about their temperament, lack of trustworthiness, innovation and poor leadership abilities.
By choosing to come here they had the desire, motivation and goals to achieve to allow them to be successful. One of the reasons that Asian Americans have flourished in the United States is their belief in education. All most one-half of Asian Americans have a college degree and are also known to have some of the highest scores on standardized tests (McNamara & Burns, 2009). Asian Americans have also been economically successful. The perception is that they are hardworking and many start their own business once they arrive in the United States (McNamara & Burns, 2009).
The Act was first signed in 1882, and carried on for ten more years. These ten years was followed by the Geary Act, which extended the act for another ten years. That means this event ended around the 1920’s. The conflict for Congress, in 1882, was that too many Chinese people were immigrating to America, and this was ruining
Throughout “Go West,” Peter Hessler explains the egotistical differences between people living in China and those living in America. For one, their curiosity lies in different places; in Hessler’s words, “Most Chinese were intensely curious about foreign life” (48). In his experience, people in China held many misconceptions about the quality of American life, so whenever they were presented with the opportunity to learn more, they took it. That being said, Hessler also comments, “many Chinese had impressed me as virtually uninterested in themselves or their communities” (53). In other words, the curiosity of the Chinese extends far enough to reach the other end of the globe, but it still maintains a decent distance from their own cities.
The Alien Land Law Act in 1913 prohibited "aliens ineligible to citizenship" from owning or leasing land. This act was placed to Asians specifically and implies that Asians are unable to gain citizenship. There were loopholes that allowed Japanese to continue farming in California, but a 1920 ballot barred those altogether. The term "white" was ambiguous from the Naturalization Act of 1790, and with blacks gaining citizenship from the Naturalization Act of 1870, there was a possibility open for Japanese to become naturalized citizens. The Chinese had been restricted from entering America due to the Chinese Exclusion Act in 1882.