Saum Song Bo, the author of Protest against the statue of liberty sets out to show his audience the irony of the statue and how it was a huge contradiction to freedom for immigrants.
In 1882 America passed the Chinese exclusion act which prohibited Chinese immigration from coming to America, and soon after in 1886 the statue of liberty was built. The irony in our copper made beauty is her symbolism to freedom and her light to guide immigrants to a better place but was taken away from Chinese people, and it wasn’t until 1943 in the case of magnuson act or Chinese Exclusion Repeal Act that eventually removed the law altogether, this was mostly due to the fact that America and China became allies for world war one. “Liberty, we Chinese do love and adore thee; but let not those who deny thee to us, make of thee a graven image and invite us to bow down to it.” Here he gives a stronger tone to his audience, and we can depict his text to see even though the laws have stopped Chinese citizens in their tracks towards independence and freedom, like Americans they will fight for what is there’s.
“If there be a Chinaman who came to this country when a lad, who has passed through an American institution of learning of the highest grade, who has so fallen in love with American manners and ideas that he desires to make his home in this land . . . By the law of this nation, he, being a Chinaman, cannot become a citizen, and consequently cannot be a lawyer.” Over the years there has always been discrimination against color and culture in America, but the exclusion of Chinese has gone as far back by saying even if you have “naturalized” here, meaning you have had generations here you will not be excluded from the act, and therefore cannot own property or your own business and will not be a citizen of our so called free land, and due to that will succumb to poverty, physical and mental abuse and will have to live in certain