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Chinese Immigration

Waters of Gold
Chinese Immigration (p. 828)

Use the Web sites below to complete the following activity.

"Waters of Gold" is a story that was passed on by Chinese immigrants. The first Chinese newcomers to the United States worked for some of the first railroad companies in California and Texas. With a group of classmates, find out more about Chinese Immigration to the United States. First, brainstorm questions about the topic and make a sequence chart like the one shown on page 828 of your book. Use encyclopedias, computer databases, and books to find out details. Then present your findings in a group report.

Chinese Immigration and Chinese in the United States: Records in the Regional Archives http://www.archives.gov/ locations/ finding-aids/ chinese-immigration.html
The National Archives and Records Administration has put together this site containing a brief history of Chinese immigration to the United States, and a list of resources which provide records relating to it.

Angel Island Home Page http://www.angelisland.org/ immigr02.html
Originally designed in the early 1900s as the "Ellis Island of the West," Immigration Station, on California's Angel Island, became a detention center for Asians, the majority of whom were Chinese.

Ancestors in the Americas http://www.cetel.org/ programs.html
A companion site to the PBS video series, Ancestors in the Americas examines the history of Asians in America, with a particular emphasis on the Chinese experience. Video clips show scenes from the series.