Migration Worldwide President John F. Kennedy, A Nation of Immigrants There is, of course, a legitimate argument for some limitation upon immigration. We no longer need settlers for virgin lands, and our economy is expanding more slowly than in the nineteenth and early twentieth century.
This includes prejudice and acts of discrimination. For more than years, Asian Americans have been denied equal rights, subjected to harassment and hostility, had their rights revoked and imprisoned for no justifiable reason, physically attacked, and murdered.
Ethnic Competition Leads to Violence As the section on Asian American history discussed, numerous acts of discrimination against Chinese immigrants culminated in the Chinese Exclusion Act of For the first and so far only time in American history, an entire ethnic group was singled out and forbidden to step foot on American soil.
Although this was not the first such anti-Asian incident, it symbolizes the legacy of racism directed against our community. It was followed by numerous denials of justice against Chinese and Japanese immigrants seeking to claim equal treatment to land ownership, citizenship, and other rights in state and federal court in the early s.
Many times, Asians were not even allowed to testify in court.
Perhaps the most infamous episode of anti-Asian racism was the unjustified imprisonment of Japanese Americans during World War II -- done solely on the basis of their ethnic ancestry. One may think that as the Asian American population becomes larger and more integrated into the mainstream American social and political institutions that incidents of anti-Asian racism would occur less often.
In fact, the opposite has been true. The last 20 years or so has seen Asian Americans become the fastest-growing targets for hate crimes and violence. Combined with the cultural stereotype of Asian Americans as quiet, weak, and powerless, more and more Asian Americans are victimized, solely on the basis of being an Asian American.
Vincent was beaten to death by two White men Ronald Ebens and Michael Nitz who called him a "jap" even though he was Chinese American and blamed him and Japanese automakers for the current recession and the fact that they were about to lose their jobs.
First, instead of being put on trial for second degree murder intentionally killing someone but without premeditationthe prosecutor instead negotiated a plea bargain for reduced charges of manslaughter accidentally killing someone.
The judge defended these sentences by stating that his job was to fit the punishment not just to the crime, but also to the perpetrators.
In this case, as he argued, both Ebens and Nitz had no prior criminal record and were both employed at the time of the incident.
Therefore, the judge reasoned that neither man represented a threat to society. However, others had a different interpretation of the light sentences.
This verdict and sentence outraged the entire Asian American community in the Detroit area and all around the country.
Soon, several organizations formed a multi-racial coalition to demand justice for the murder of Vincent Chin. They persuaded the U. They organized rallies and protests, circulated petitions, and kept the issue in the media spotlight.
As one Asian American pointed out, "You can kill a dog and get 30 days in jail, 90 days for a traffic ticket.
Nitz the one who held Vincent down was acquitted. However, these verdicts were thrown out on appeal due to a technicality and a new trial was ordered by a federal appeals court. However, because of "overwhelming publicity" about the case, the new trial was moved all the way to Cincinnati, Ohio.
At this retrial, whose jury consisted almost entirely of White blue-collar men, both men were acquitted of all charges. Chin eventually became so distraught over these incidents of injustice that she left the U. To this day, neither man has served any jail time for murdering Vincent Chin and only recently has Ebens expressed regret for his actions.
Further, the lenient treatment that his killers received echoes similar incidents in the late s in which Chinese miners were not allowed to testify against Whites who attacked them or murdered their friends. It resulted in the formation of numerous Asian American community organizations and coalitions whose purpose was to monitor how Asian Americans were treated and to mobilize any and all resources available to fight for justice.
Asian Americans saw firsthand how anti-Asian prejudice and hostility operated, both at the personal physical level and at the institutional level.
Since then, groups such as those listed in the left column have documented numerous incidents of hate crimes committed against Asian Americans.Vietnamese did not magically appear in the United States, the Vietnam War sparked the immigration of Vietnamese to America - Discrimination against Vietnamese Immigrants in America introduction.
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When People Flee to America’s Shores. it’s this: The United States is a nation that fears immigrants and refugees as much as it when Chinese immigrants faced exclusion, discrimination. In human social affairs, discrimination is treatment or consideration of, or making a distinction towards, a person based on the group, class, or category to which the person is perceived to belong.
These include age, colour, convictions for which a pardon has been granted or a record suspended, height, disability, ethnicity, family status, gender identity, genetic characteristics, marital.