The Basic Principle of American Democracy

The U.S. enters World War II as an ally of China, and adopts a partial Repeal of Chinese Exclusion. While restoring the right to become naturalized citizens to people of Chinese descent, the 1943 act continues the laws that identify a person by their ancestry, rather than by their actual nationality, and limits the number of people of Chinese descent who may immigrate to 105 per year. Other provisions that specifically discriminate against people of Chinese descent continue.

The year after the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the first civil rights law since 1875, the Immigration and Nationality Act finally sets an end to Exclusion. The Chinese ...
... Exclusion Act will be fully repealed in 1968.

Regular columnist for the Chinese Times, the newspaper of the Chinese American Citizens Alliance, Gilbert Woo is among those who see the proposed repeal of Chinese Exclusion as an insulting token gesture. Only 105 people of Chinese descent are allowed to enter each year; when his column appears, the proposed quota is 107.

Courtesy Lucy Huang






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