Discuss the impact of the Naturalization Act of 1790, the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act, the 1907 Gentleman’s Agreement, Tydings-McDuffie Act of 1934, the 1952 McCarren-Walters’ Act

You are required to cite both textbooks, Canvas class lectures (weeks #1, #2, & #3), and Canvas class discussions (week #3).  Outside sources may be used but in addition to the required citations (textbooks, lectures, class discussions).   Outside sources must be academic sources.   If you cite and integrate from the recommended textbook by Aoki and Takeda and from the U.S. Constitution and/or the California State Constitution, extra credit will be considered.    

 

Asian Pacific America has been formed, informed, shaped and transformed by immigration and refugee policies from the first Asians to arrive in Hawai’i and California in the early 1800s to the most recent arrivals today in 2017.   Professor Sucheng Chan at UC-Santa Barbara has argued that Asian Pacific Islander Americans have been the most legally discriminated against group in U.S. history.    Do you agree or disagree?  If you agree with this assertion, what evidence is there of this claim?   If you disagree with Professor Chan’s claim, discuss how discriminatory immigration policies and legislation have shaped Asian Pacific America (including citizenship, nationality, ethnicity, race, and identity of APAs.)    Discuss the impact of the Naturalization Act of 1790, the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act, the 1907 Gentleman’s Agreement, Tydings-McDuffie Act of 1934, the 1952 McCarren-Walters’ Act, the  1924 and the 1965 immigration Acts on how Asian Pacific Islander Americans have been structurally excluded and/or incorporated into American society.   How have these legislative policies informed APA identities?  their citizenship?  their “American-ness?”    How have these laws contributed to the “abbreviated,”  “truncated” and “disjointed” development of APA communities in the U.S.?

 

Please develop a well-written, well-documented, well-supported and well-cited coherent, cogent essay.   Many of you are still turning in drafts.  Please be sure to proofread your essay and turn in a final draft.    Use critical thinking, logical reasoning and empirical evidence.  Avoid uninformed opinions.  Your claims and assertions must be supported.