Indonesian immigrants: Barack Obama and Indonesia Published: September 5, 2012

Although Indonesia’s ties with the United States have historically been limited, the Southeast Asian nation has a special connection with the forty-fourth president of the United States.

Indonesian immigrants Published: September 5, 2012

Indonesia is made up of a large number of populated islands located south of Southeast Asia’s Malay Peninsula.

Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 Published: February 14, 2012

This federal law upheld the national origins quota system established by the Immigration Act of 1924, which gave preference to individuals of northern and western European lineage.

Immigration Act of 1917 Published: February 14, 2012

Immigration Act of 1917The Immigration Act of 1917 was the first federal law to impose a general restriction on immigration in the form of a literacy test.

Immigration Act of 1907 Published: February 14, 2012

This law created the Dillingham Commission to collect data used in future immigration laws, further narrowed Asian immigration, limited Muslim immigration, and expanded the definition of undesirable women immigrants.

S. I. Hayakawa Published: December 22, 2011

S. I. HayakawaA notable scholar of semantics, Hayakawa also had a political career. He represented California in the U.S. Senate, where he launched a movement to establish English as the official language of the United States by introducing the English Language Amendment in 1981.

Credit-ticket system Published: September 27, 2011

During the mid- to late nineteenth century, the fares Chinese immigrants crossing the Pacific Ocean to the United States paid ranged from fifteen to forty-five dollars—amounts that few Chinese workers could afford.

Contract labor system Published: September 27, 2011

During the mid-nineteenth century, a labor shortage in the western United States led to creation of a contract labor system to help the mining and railroad industries attract cheap immigrant labor to the United States.

Asian immigrants Published: June 16, 2011
Through almost an entire century after the first wave of Chinese immigrants to California laid a strong foundation of Asian immigration during the 1850’s...
Asian American literature Published: June 16, 2011
Through their writing, Asian American authors have portrayed the Asian immigrant experience as seen by themselves rather than through the eyes of American mainstream press and literature.
Angel Island Immigration Station Published: May 30, 2011
Angel Island served as the West Coast port of entry for Pacific Rim immigrants arriving in the United States between 1910 and 1940.
Amerasian children Published: May 25, 2011
The vast majority of Amerasian children who immigrated to the United States after the early 1970’s were of American and Vietnamese descent.