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    The First Asian Americans : Asian

    Article about the first Asians in America and early period of Asian American history, including the Gold Rush in California, the Transcontinental Railroad, anti-Asian movement, the Chinese Exclusion Act, and the efforts of many Asians to fight against such injustices.

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    Asian immigration to the United States

    Asian immigration to the United States

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    "Asian immigrants" redirects here. For Asian immigrants to Mexico, see Asian immigration to Mexico. For Asian immigrants to France, see Asian French.

    Asian immigration to the United States refers to immigration to the United States from part of the continent of Asia, which includes East Asia, Southeast Asia, and South Asia. Historically, immigrants from other parts of Asia, such as West Asia were once considered "Asian", but are considered immigrants from the Middle East. Asian-origin populations have historically been in the territory that would eventually become the United States since the 16th century. The first major wave of Asian immigration occurred in the late 19th century, primarily in Hawaii and the West Coast. Asian Americans experienced exclusion, and limitations to immigration, by the United States law between 1875 and 1965, and were largely prohibited from naturalization until the 1940s. Since the elimination of Asian exclusion laws and the reform of the immigration system in the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, there has been a large increase in the number of immigrants to the United States from Asia.[1]


    1 History

    1.1 Early Immigration (pre-1830s)

    1.2 First major wave of Asian Immigration (1850–1917)

    1.3 Exclusion era

    1.4 Phasing out of exclusionary policies (1943–1965)

    1.5 New waves of Asian immigration (1965–present)

    2 Timeline of key legislation and judicial rulings

    3 See also 4 Notes 5 References 6 External links


    Early Immigration (pre-1830s)[edit]

    Images from a Harper's Magazine article on "the Lacustrine village" of Saint Malo, Louisiana, where Filipino migrants settled in the 18th century

    The first Asian-origin people known to arrive in North America after the beginning of the European colonization were a group of Filipinos known as "Luzonians" or Luzon Indians. These Luzonians were part of the crew and landing party of the Spanish galleon . The ship set sail from Manila and landed in Morro Bay in what is now the California Coast on 17 October 1587 as part of the Galleon Trade between the Spanish East Indies (the colonial name for what would become the Philippines) and New Spain (Spain's colonies in North America).[2] More Filipino sailors arrived along the California Coast when both places were part of the Spanish Empire.[3] By 1763, "Manila men" or "Tagalas" had established a settlement called St. Malo on the outskirts of New Orleans, Louisiana.[4] Indians have been documented in Colonial America as early as 1775.[5] With the establishment of the Old China Trade in the late 18th century, a handful of Chinese merchants were recorded as residing in the United States by 1815.[6]

    First major wave of Asian Immigration (1850–1917)[edit]

    Early Japanese immigrants to Hawaii

    See also: Asian immigration to Hawaii

    By the 1830s, East Asian groups had begun immigrating to Hawaii, where American capitalists and missionaries had established plantations and settlements. Originating primarily from China, Japan, Korea, India, and the Philippines, these early migrants were predominantly contracted workers who labored on plantations.[7] With the annexation of Hawaii by the United States in 1893, a large population of Asians lived in US territory and more would continue to immigrate. As Americans established sugar cane plantations in Hawaii in the 19th century, they turned, through organizations such as the Royal Hawaiian Agricultural Society, to the Chinese as a source of cheap labor as early as the 1830s, with the first formal contract laborers arriving in 1852.[8] Resistance from plantation laborers protesting low wages and tensions between various native and immigrant groups encouraged plantation owners to import more labor from different Asian countries to keep wages low.[9] Between 1885 and 1924, "some 30,000 Japanese had gone to [Hawaii] as , or government-sponsored contract laborers."[10] Between 1894 and 1924, roughly 170,000 Japanese immigrants went to Hawaii as private contract laborers, family members of existing immigrants, and merchants.[10] Taking refuge from Japanese imperialism and growing poverty and famine in Korea, and encouraged by Christian missionaries, thousands of Koreans migrated to Hawaii in the early 1900s.[11] Filipinos, who were American colonial subjects after 1898, migrated by the "tens of thousands" to Hawaii in the early 1900s.[12]

    The first major wave of Asian immigration to the continental United States occurred primarily on the West Coast during the California Gold Rush, starting in the 1850s. Whereas, Chinese immigrants numbered less than 400 in 1848 and 25,000 by 1852.[13] Most Chinese immigrants in California, which they called ("Gold Mountain"), were also from the Guangdong province; they sought opportunity in the young United States, and hoped to earn wealth to send back to their families in China.[14] Asian immigrants were sought not only in California but across the US (including as far as North Adams, Massachusetts[15]), to fill the high demand for cheap labor in mines, factories, and on the Transcontinental Railroad. Some plantation owners in the South sought Chinese labor as a cheap means to replace the free labor of slavery.[16] Chinese laborers generally arrived in California with the help of brokers in Hong Kong and other ports under the credit-ticket system, where they would pay back money loaned from brokers with their wages upon arrival.[17] In addition to laborers, merchants also migrated from China, opening businesses and stores, including those that would form the beginnings of China towns.[18]

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    The First Asian American Settlement Was Established by Filipino Fishermen

    The fishing village in marshlands of present-day Louisiana was settled by the so-called Manilamen as early as 1763.

    The First Asian American Settlement Was Established by Filipino Fishermen

    The fishing village in marshlands of present-day Louisiana was settled by the so-called Manilamen as early as 1763.

    Author: Kirby Aráullo Updated: May 12, 2021 Original: May 10, 2021 Library of Congress

    The fishing village in marshlands of present-day Louisiana was settled by the so-called Manilamen as early as 1763.

    The history of the oldest known permanent Asian American settlement remains mysterious and as murky as the mosquito-infested marshland it was built on. Saint Malo was first established as a fishing village along the shores of Lake Borgne in Louisiana in the 18th century and continued to flourish until the 20th century.

    The settlement’s namesake, Juan San Maló, was a leader of a group of Maroons (runaway enslaved people) who took refuge in the marshlands. True to the settlement’s namesake, the Asian pioneers of Saint Malo were the Filipino sailors and indentured servants who escaped the Spanish Galleons in the 1700s. They were later known in history as the Manilamen after the capital city of the Philippines.

    The Manilamen of St. Malo

    Fight for the Manila galleons between, c. 18th century. The Manila galleons were Spanish trading ships that sailed once or twice per year across the Pacific Ocean between Manila (Philippines) and Acapulco (New Spain).

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    The Manila Galleon Trade was a thriving global trade network between 1565 and 1815 that connected the economies of Asia, the Americas and Europe for over two centuries. It was during this era that the Luzones Indios (natives of Luzon) became vital in the biannual voyages of the Spanish Galleons across the Pacific. Luzon is the largest island of the Philippines where Manila is also located.

    As early as the 16th century, many Filipino sailors and indentured servants jumped ship and settled across land that is now Mexico and parts of the United States. They were placed under different racial categories that only added to their mystery. In Mexico they were often listed as Indios Chinos, while in Louisiana they were later known as the Manilamen.

    According to oral traditions there was already an existing Filipino community in Saint Malo as early as 1763 when both the Philippines and Louisiana were under the Spanish colonial government in Mexico. However, the oldest known documentation of Saint Malo as a Filipino settlement only dates back to the 19th century. It was in 1883 when writer Lafcadio Hearn wrote about his journey to Saint Malo in an article for Harper’s Weekly magazine.

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    The Battle of New Orleans in January of 1815.

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    Despite the uncertainties regarding the earliest Filipino settlers prior to Hearn’s 1883 article, the Manilamen of Louisiana were already active participants in the history of the United States. They were among the bands of privateers who took part in the Battle of New Orleans in 1815. They fought under the command of future President Andrew Jackson in a decisive battle that secured U.S. victory against the British in the War of 1812.

    A Floating Village

    Hearn’s article notes that the Filipino settlement of Saint Malo in Saint Bernard Parish had existed for at least 50 years before his visit. He described the fishing village as a thriving community of houses built on stilts similar to the countless floating communities in the Philippines and Southeast Asia. “All are built in true Manila style, with immense hat-shaped eaves and balconies, but in wood,” he wrote.

    The hurricane-prone, mosquito-infested marshland that many others avoided reminded the Manilamen of the Philippines, according to Rhonda Richoux. Richoux is a sixth-generation descendant of Felipe Madriaga, a sailor from the Philippines who settled in Saint Malo with his Irish wife in 1849. Their descendants remain residents of Saint Bernard Parish up to 2021.

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    The Manilamen revolutionized the shrimping industry in the south by introducing methods such as the Shrimp Dance. The method was a process of separating shrimp shells from the meat by teams of fishermen dancing and stomping on piles of shrimp in a circular motion. Their tradition of drying shrimp was an effective way of preserving the shellfish before the advent of refrigeration technology.

    It was not only fishing and shrimping traditions that Manilamen brought over to the bayous of Southeastern Louisiana. Throughout history the Manilamen of Louisiana intermarried with other ethnic groups of the region, such as the neighboring Isleño and Cajun communities. These intermarriages began as early as Saint Malo’s establishment when the early Filipino settlers were composed of mostly men.

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