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By Erika Lee

With the chinese language Exclusion Act of 1882, chinese language employees turned the 1st workforce in American background to be excluded from the USA at the foundation in their race and sophistication. This landmark legislation replaced the process U.S. immigration historical past, yet we all know little approximately its results for the chinese language in the US or for the USA as a country of immigrants.

At America's Gates is the 1st booklet committed completely to either chinese language immigrants and the yankee immigration officers who sought to maintain them out. Erika Lee explores how chinese language exclusion legislation not just remodeled chinese language American lives, immigration styles, identities, and households but additionally recast the USA right into a "gatekeeping nation." Immigrant id, border enforcement, surveillance, and deportation rules have been prolonged a ways past any controls that had existed within the usa prior to.

Drawing on a wealthy trove of historic sources--including lately published immigration files, oral histories, interviews, and letters--Lee brings alive the forgotten trips, secrets and techniques, hardships, and triumphs of chinese language immigrants. Her well timed booklet exposes the legacy of chinese language exclusion in present American immigration regulate and race relations.

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