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For over a hundred and sixty years, Chinese had traveled across the ocean to help open up the west coast of the United States and Canada. Chinese immigrants looking for a better life in North America had to pay the price of countless heartbreaks and humiliation; of having their dreams of gold shattered, their lives sacrificed on the railroad. Scattered like seeds on foreign soil, they had to struggle hard to take root, braving hostility, discrimination, and inequality. Having shed blood, sweat and tears, they have emerged from a century of stoic endurance with pride in their achievements.



Sources of pictures: The Bancroft Library of the University of California, Berkeley 

Roots Old and New, Stories of Chinese Emigrants - North America RTHK

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For over a hundred and sixty years, Chinese had traveled across the ocean to help open up the west coast of the United States and Canada. Chinese immigrants looking for a better life in North America had to pay the price of countless heartbreaks and humiliation; of having their dreams of gold shattered, their lives sacrificed on the railroad. Scattered like seeds on foreign soil, they had to struggle hard to take root, braving hostility, discrimination, and inequality. Having shed blood, sweat and tears, they have emerged from a century of stoic endurance with pride in their achievements.



Sources of pictures: The Bancroft Library of the University of California, Berkeley 

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    #5 World War II and the Korean War

    #5 World War II and the Korean War

    Episode 5:     World War II and the Korean War

    Although Chinese living in North America never saw action during World War II and the Korean War, they were invariably affected by the conflicts.

    Before WWII, Chinese in North America were treated with disc

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    #4 “Sweet and Sour” and the Chinese Laundry

    #4 “Sweet and Sour” and the Chinese Laundry

    Episode 4:  “Sweet and Sour” and the Chinese Laundry

    As the Gold Rush and the building of railroads came to an end, many Chinese went into the labour-intensive laundry business. The growth of Chinese laundries aroused resentment from the whites. The Cali

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    #3 Angel Island -- Where Angels Feared to Tread

    #3 Angel Island -- Where Angels Feared to Tread

    Episode 3: Angel Island -- Where Angels Feared to Tread

    At the beginning of the 1870s, after the completion of the railway, America experienced an economic crisis. Fear of Chinese competition for jobs sparked anti-Chinese sentiment. In 1882 the Chinese

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    #2 Chinese, Railroad, and Head Tax

    #2 Chinese, Railroad, and Head Tax

    Episode 2:  Chinese, Railroad, and Head Tax

    Over ten thousand Chinese immigrant workers were hire to build the American Central Pacific Railway. Following the American example, Canada also recruited Chinese railroad workers to build the transcontinenta

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