Asians in Cj

Lou Kenneth Q Isip
Multiculturalism In The Criminal Justice System
Chapter 5: Asian Americans in the Criminal Justice System
Professor Brown
November 6, 2010

The main thing that Chinese, Japanese, and Koreans have in common when talking about immigration is the hardships they endured when they got here.   All groups have shared a great amount of hatred and discrimination by White Americans.   With the Chinese and Japanese, they actually had laws passed against them which showed complete prejudice against the groups because of their ethnicity. These immigrants also share the commonality that they all came to the United States as laborers to work on railroads, plantations, etc.
The first case of anti-Asian sentiment can be seen in the way that the Chinese were outlawed from immigrating to the United States for 10 years by the Chinese Exclusion Act by Congress in 1882.   This act also did not allow naturalization to Chinese people already living in the United States.   This was brought about partly because they were hard workers and the White American workers felt threatened that they would lose job opportunities to the Chinese.   10 years after the bill was passed, Congress added that laborers would need to get certificates of residence within a year or face deportation.   They also extended the Exclusion Act for another 10 years. (McNamara & Burns 108)
The second group of Asians to come to the United States was the Japanese.   Although they show great difference from the Chinese by understanding what they needed to do to be treated different and because they were more vocal, they too had experienced the discrimination and faced hardships when immigrating to the United States.   The first wave of Japanese came at the time when the Chinese Exclusion act had been formalized.   They replaced the Chinese workers and took jobs with low pay and poor working conditions.   This was good for employers but they were hated by employees and unions. (McNamara & Burns 109)...