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  • During the nineteenth century, Asian Americans, especially Chinese and Japanese Americans, experienced discrimination because they looked different and had non-Christian worldviews. Many Asian immigrants settled in the American West, including Hawai'i and California, leading to the enactment of several discriminatory immigration laws. During the latter half of the twentieth century and into the twenty-first century, Asian Americans were often referred to as the “model minority” because of many Asian Americans’ educational achievements. But at the same time, they were called the “forgotten minority” because newcomers often did not speak English and largely stayed confined to their ethnic enclaves.

    Immigrants from China provided important labor in western mines and railroads during the 1850s and 1860s. However, when that labor was no longer required, white westerners reacted negatively ...

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