How 1800s racism birthed Chinatown, Japantown and other ethnic enclaves


Created date

May 14, 2019

Critical Commentary

This news article summarizes Chinese and Japanese immigration to the U.S. from the late 19th century, discussing the various ethnic exclusion laws that created legal structures regulating immigration, residence, and land ownership shaped the social and economic layout Chinese and Japanese immigrant communities in the U.S. The article shows how such laws resulted in rural-to-urban movement and increased economic precarity for these immigrants and their descendants.