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Cali apologizes to Chinese Americans, agree?

On July 17, the California legislature quietly approved a landmark bill to apologize to the state's Chinese-American community for racist laws enacted as far back as the mid–19th century Gold Rush, which attracted about 25,000 Chinese from 1849 to 1852. The laws, some of which were not repealed until the 1940s, barred Chinese from owning land or property, marrying whites, working in the public sector and testifying against whites in court. The new bill also recognizes the contributions Chinese immigrants have made to the state, particularly their work on the Transcontinental Railroad. (Check out a story about the Asian-American experience in late[EN]20th century California.)

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sweet-a-kins

Asked by sweet-a-kins at 1:28 PM on Jul. 22, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • About damn time!
    Imogine

    Answer by Imogine at 1:45 PM on Jul. 22, 2009

  • I bet those Chinese people are jumping for joy now! Oops....they would be 160 years old now...probably not celebrating too hard these days....but, hey thanks for finally getting around to it Cali. Lets see......109,676,482 apologies left to approve....ugh.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:47 PM on Jul. 22, 2009

  • Sure. This country treated Chinese immigrants horribly for years. This kind of discrimination doesn't just affect the person being discriminated against, it affect their families and future generations. An apology is not out of line.
    DEpley

    Answer by DEpley at 2:04 PM on Jul. 22, 2009

  • Chinese people are cool
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:10 PM on Jul. 22, 2009

  • Glad you think that because they own us now anon.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:17 PM on Jul. 22, 2009

  • Glad you think that because they own us now anon.

    Maybe it's just karma for how we treated them...
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:35 PM on Jul. 22, 2009

  • " Glad you think that because they own us now anon".

    i had to literally laugh out loud at that one!
    rAbella

    Answer by rAbella at 2:53 PM on Jul. 22, 2009

  • The laws, some of which were not repealed until the 1940s,

    But they are repealed now, right? So we say, so sorry to everybody and call it good. Or are we going to have to pay them reparations, too? Better hurry, not many of them left alive, Who's next? Irish? Oh goody, maybe eventually it'll be my turn....
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:55 PM on Jul. 22, 2009

  • Sure, that makes sense, let's have people (who had absolutely nothing to do with it in the first place, or hell, even were BORN by that time) apologize to chinese americans (who again, had nothing to do with it, or even a victim by it) for something that happened years and years ago. K..
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:01 PM on Jul. 22, 2009

  • 2:35 How WE treated them? You cannot be serious lol.NONE OF us treated them that way as that was many many years ago.THOSE BEFORE US not us.This is rdiculous thinking some have going on these days.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:34 PM on Jul. 22, 2009

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