By Sucheng Chan
Chinese language American Transnationalism considers the various ways that chinese language dwelling within the usa throughout the exclusion period maintained ties with China via a continuing interchange of individuals and financial assets, in addition to political and cultural principles. This e-book keeps the exploration of the exclusion period all started in prior volumes: access Denied, which examines the options that chinese language americans used to protest, undermine, and evade the exclusion legislation; and Claiming the US, which strains the advance of chinese language American ethnic identities. Taken jointly, the 3 volumes underscore the complexities of the chinese language immigrant event and the ways that its contexts replaced over the sixty-one yr interval.
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In the reality of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century China, however, there were no government postal agencies whose reach extended from a big city like New York to a village like Sanba tucked in the hills of Taishan. 30 After arriving in Hong Kong, letters would somehow have to get to the Chinese countryside. 31 During the nineteenth century, although it was possible to get money to China from places overseas, the four main methods were rather unreliable. Overseas Chinese could ask returning relatives or friends to take small amounts of cash to their dependents free of charge but such opportunities occurred irregularly.
Schell, a longtime resident of Knights Ferry, California, asked a lawyer to assist his two neighbors—American-born citizens Jin Young and Charley Foo—in their attempt to reenter the United States. Schell’s letter was full of compliments. He tried his best to sway the immigration service in favor of his friends: “I trust that with your assistance, backed up with this and perhaps other testimonials, he [sic] 18 Erika Lee will have no difﬁculty in landing. ” Schell also circulated a petition to a dozen other non-Chinese residents of Knights Ferry who signed it, corroborating his own judgment that the two Chinese residents were men of good character who should be admitted promptly.
91 Most of the lawyers who represented Chinese clients in the ﬁrst decades of exclusion were prominent attorneys in San Francisco who worked not only on behalf of individual Chinese clients, but also on behalf of the Chinese Six Companies and the Chinese Consulate. Thomas Riordan, for example, was the principal attorney representing the Chinese in the 1880s and 1890s and was retained by the Chinese Consulate to represent all high-proﬁle cases. His successor, Oliver P. 92 In 1915, Stidger was listed as the ofﬁcial attorney for the Chinese Chamber of Commerce as well, and the ﬁrm of Stidger, Stidger, and Kennah—made up of Oliver Stidger, his son, Jason, and former immigrant inspector Henry C.
Chinese American Transnationalism: The Flow of People, Resources, and Ideas between China and America During the Exclusion Era (Asian American History & Cultu) by Sucheng Chan