Asian American Culture

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Asian American/Chinese Culture
Theresa Chambers
Webster University

A Chinese American is an American who is of ethnic Chinese descent. Most Chinese Americans are descended from China's majority ethnic group, the Han. The rest are usually members of one of China's 56 minorities, such as the Hui. Chinese Americans constitute one group of overseas Chinese and are also one group of Asian Americans.

Asian American/ Chinese Culture

Chinese immigration to the United States has come in several waves. Legend says that the first Chinese came to the Americas as early as 1421, the time when several Chinese generals went sailing around the world. According to the records from the United States government, the first Chinese arrived in the United States around 1820, with subsequent immigrants coming from the 1820's right up to the late 1840's of which most were men, who came in small numbers. However, due to the lack of Chinese women in the United States at that time, many of them intermarried with the Europeans.

The largest population was in San Francisco. The immigration was stopped by the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 that made Chinese immigration illegal until 1943. Many Western states also enacted discriminatory laws which made it difficult for Chinese immigrants to own land or even find work. These laws were not overturned until the 1950s, at the dawn of the modern civil rights. With the loosening of the American immigration laws in 1952 and 1965, , a second wave of Chinese immigration began. In the 1970 there an increase in immigration of professionals from Mainland China, which began to allow for emigration in 1977.These groups of Chinese began to cluster in suburban areas away from the Chinatowns. These Chinese tended to speak fluent Mandarin in addition to their native dialect. Demographics

Cities with large Chinese American populations include New York, Los Angeles, Houston, and San Francisco. In these cities, there are...
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