Program Six: Post '65 Generation

The Immigration Act of 1965, allowed Asian family members, entrepreneurs and skilled workers to immigrate to the U.S. Crossing East shows how each Asian group found a special field of work and offered their expertise and skills to a burgeoning economy.

Streaming Audio Clip (opens in new window) - The Paradox of the Fujianese

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The Paradox of the Fujianese: Fujianese immigrants (from China) were left out of the 1965 immigration reforms because they had few relatives in the US.  More than 200,000 have paid up to $30,000 each to be smuggled into the US.  Like the exploited coolie laborers of the 1800s, they come here seeking a better life, but face discrimination and harsh conditions.     
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