Table 2. Settler arrivals: Top 10 source countries of birth, to Table 5.
All rights reserved. This graphic—drawn from and data—details the countries of origin of Asian-Americans in the U. The number of foreign-born residents in the United States is now the highest it has been sinceaccording to recent data from the U.
Asian-origin populations have historically been in the territory that would become the United States since the 16th century. A first major wave of Asian immigration occurred in the late 19th century, primarily in Hawaii and the West Coast. Asian Americans experienced exclusion, and limitations to immigration, by law from the United States between andand were largely prohibited from naturalization until the s.
Waves of Chinese emigration also known as the Chinese diaspora have happened throughout history. The mass emigration known as the Chinese diasporawhich occurred from the 19th century towas mainly caused by wars and starvation in mainland Chinainvasion from various foreign countries, as well as problems resulting from political corruption. Most emigrants were illiterate peasants and manual labourers, who emigrated to work in places such as the AmericasAustraliaSouth AfricaSoutheast Asiaand Zealandia. According to Lynn Pan 's book Sons of the Yellow Emperorthe Chinese coolie emigration began after slavery was abolished throughout the British possessions.
This declaration was rejected by the House of Representatives and faces a tight Senate vote. From to, came from Asia, compared tofrom Latin America. This makes for a stark contrast with the s, during which Asian immigration comprised a mere
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In the s, Chinese workers migrated to the United States, first to work in the gold mines, but also to take agricultural jobs, and factory work, especially in the garment industry. Chinese immigrants were particularly instrumental in building railroads in the American west, and as Chinese laborers grew successful in the United States, a number of them became entrepreneurs in their own right. As the numbers of Chinese laborers increased, so did the strength of anti-Chinese sentiment among other workers in the American economy.
When they first arrived in the United States, Asian usually Chinese immigrants were welcomed, or at least tolerated. After the California gold rush brought thousands of Chinese to California, however, Asian immigrants faced restrictive laws and occasional violence. In the late s, Chinese, and eventually other Asians, were excluded from citizenship.
Over the past two decades, Chinese students in large numbers have settled in Japan: a rate of immigration recalling that of the early twentieth century. The inflow has brought about the creation of a Chinese community whose members are highly qualified and economically well integrated into society. Their lifestyle and the way they present themselves set them apart from traditional immigrants.
We aimed to examine the association between immigrant generation and obesity among Californian adults and Asian Americans. First-generation or immigrant Asian Americans were defined as those born outside of the U. Second-generation Asian Americans were defined as those born in the U. All other Asian participants were classified as third-generation or higher.