38 Facts About Chinese Americans


Chinese Americans constitute a subgroup of East Asian Americans which constitute a subgroup of Asian Americans.

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In 2010, half of Chinese Americans-born people living in the United States resided in the states of California and New York.

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Chinese immigrants were particularly instrumental in building railroads in the U S west, and as Chinese laborers grew successful in the United States, a number of them became entrepreneurs in their own right.

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Chinese Americans came to California in large numbers during the California Gold Rush, with 40, 400 being recorded as arriving from 1851 to 1860, and again in the 1860s, when the Central Pacific Railroad recruited large labor gangs, many on five-year contracts, to build its portion of the Transcontinental Railroad.

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The Chinese Americans laborers worked out well and thousands more were recruited until the railroad's completion in 1869.

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Chinese Americans labor provided the massive workforce needed to build the majority of the Central Pacific's difficult route through the Sierra Nevada mountains and across Nevada.

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Furthermore, as with most immigrant communities, many Chinese Americans settled in their own neighborhoods, and tales spread of Chinatowns as places where large numbers of Chinese Americans men congregated to visit prostitutes, smoke tobacco, or gamble.

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Chinese Americans population rose from 2, 716 in 1851 to 63, 000 by 1871.

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In 1882, Congress passed the Chinese Americans Exclusion Act, which, per the terms of the Angell Treaty, suspended the immigration of Chinese Americans laborers for a period of 10 years.

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The Act required every Chinese Americans person traveling in or out of the country to carry a certificate identifying his or her status as a laborer, scholar, diplomat, or merchant.

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The Chinese Americans Government considered this act a direct insult, but was unable to prevent its passage.

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Later, as a result of the Fourteenth Amendment and the 1898 United States v Wong Kim Ark Supreme Court decision, ethnic Chinese born in the United States became American citizens.

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The upper and lower-class Chinese Americans are widely separated by social status and class discrimination.

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The first Broadway show about Asian Chinese Americans was Flower Drum Song which premiered on Broadway in 1958; the hit Chinglish premiered on Broadway in 2011.

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Early Chinese Americans struggled to survive in the United States because of prejudice, discrimination, and violence.

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The Chinese Americans quickly tried to flee but in doing so, many of them ended up being burned alive in their homes, starving to death in hiding places, or being exposed to animal predators which lived in the mountains; some of them were successfully rescued by a passing train.

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An accurate account of the event is still unavailable, but it is speculated that the Chinese Americans miners were killed by gunshot during a robbery by a gang of seven armed horse thieves.

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In 2002, over 2 million Americans speak some variety or dialect of Chinese, with Standard Chinese becoming increasingly common due to immigration from China and supplanting the previous widespread Cantonese and Taishanese.

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Chinese Americans are divided among many subgroups based on factors such as age, nativity, and socioeconomic status and politics between China and the United States, or about Chinese nationalism.

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Different subgroups of Chinese Americans have radically different and sometimes very conflicting political priorities and goals.

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In 2013, Chinese Americans were the least likely Asian American ethnicity to be affiliated with a political party.

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Nonetheless, Chinese Americans are clustered in majority-Democratic states and have increasingly voted Democratic in recent presidential elections, following the trend for Asian Americans in general, excluding the Vietnamese Americans.

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Chinese Americans often have some of the highest averages in tests such as SAT, ACT, GRE etc.

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International Chinese Americans students comprise 60 percent of the 6039 international students enrolled at Ohio State University.

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International Chinese Americans students are widely found at many elite liberal arts colleges such as Barnard College and Mount Holyoke College.

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Chinese Americans make up a third of the Asian American high tech professional workforce and a tenth of the entire Silicon Valley workforce.

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Chinese Americans hold lower unemployment rates than the population average with a figure of 4.

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Between 2008 and 2017, the number of Chinese Americans-educated physicians practicing in the United States rose by 38.

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Many Chinese Americans have turned to the high tech center to jump-start potential computer science and programming startups to capitalize on the region's wealth of venture capital, business expertise, and cultural and financial incentives for innovation.

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Ethnic Chinese Americans have been successful in starting new firms in technology centers across the United States, including California's Silicon Valley.

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Chinese Americans have been disproportionately successful in high technology sectors, as evidenced by the 2010 Goldsea 100 Compilation of America's Most Successful Asian Entrepreneurs.

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In 1998, Chinese Americans managed 2001 firms, employing 41, 684 workers, and ran up 13.

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Chinese Americans are noted for their high rates of self-employment, as they have an extensive history of self-employment dating back to the California Gold Rush in the 1880s.

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However, as more Chinese Americans seek higher education to elevate themselves socioeconomically, rates of self-employment are generally lower than population average.

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In 2007, there were over 109, 614 Chinese Americans-owned employer firms, employing more than 780, 000 workers, and generating more than $128 billion in revenue.

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Chinese Americans are more likely to own homes than the general American population.

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Results derived from a complex, multistage, probability sampling design show that 12, 607 out of 98, 658 Chinese Americans adults are suffering from diabetes, based on the criteria of 2010 American Diabetes Association.

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Thus, Asian Chinese Americans are relatively more predisposed to develop type 2 diabetes.

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