2017年5月17日星期三

China and immigration

    In this unit, we continued to learn about the early wave of immigration to America and the Liberal Order. Back in the 19th century, the enormous railroad project led early Chinese immigrants to America. These laborers worked hard and didn't request high wages. Therefore, they took many Americans’ jobs with their predominant traits— cheap and diligent. The low employment rate of Americans and the low wage level caused economic circumstance to decline in the United States. As result, the Anti-Chinese organization started to boycott Chinese owned business, and the Chinese workers were called coolie slaves and paupers. The Anti-Chinese protest resulted in the Chinese Exclusion Act in 1882. This act made most Chinese families face a quandary — either stay alone in America or go back to China for unification with family members but never come back.
    In addition to early Chinese immigration, the Liberal Order was another main section of this unit. In class, we discussed the sustainability of this order in light of climate changes, financial instabilities and transnational issues. My point of view was that China is not a threat to America and the Liberal Order. Although China is rising rapidly, China is still cooperating well with the UN and constantly seeking peace. I think the complexity of the world is growing, and the United States can't control world politics by itself. America needs to participate with other nations to address world issues. I really enjoyed this unit, and I think this class helped me understand a lot about the relations between different counties.

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