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Chinese Exclusion Act

The Connecticut State Library has many resources on this topic.

See also the page on historic immigration under Demographic Groups and Previous Topics Guide.

Books, Documents, etc.

These are only a few examples of our numerous resources.

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Chinese Immigration to USA

Below are some resources that might be helpful in researching the topics of Chinese immigration to the U.S.; Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 and the 1920 revision; and/or the Rise of Yellow Power Movement.


  • The Page Law of 1875
  • The Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882
  • The Scott Act (1888)
  • The Geary Act of 1892
  • The McCreary Amendment of 1893
  • 1868 Burlingame Treaty with China
  • The 1920 revision of the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882
  • War Brides Act of December 28, 1945
  • Displaced Persons Act of 1948
  • The Refugee Relief Act of 1953
  • The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965
  • The U.S. Supreme Court - several cases looked at the legislative intent (legislative history) of the acts as well as the impact of Chinese immigrants who arrived prior to 1882. Some examples:
    • Chew Heong v. United States (1884)
    • Chae Chan Ping v. United States (1889)
    • Fong Yue Ting v. United States (1893)
    • Lem Moon Sing v. United States (1895)
    • United States v. Ju Toy (1905)
  • Immigration quotas after the repeal of some of these public laws
  • State Level
    • There were state level laws to discourage or prohibit Chinese immigration.
      • Ex. California - Foreign Miners’ License Tax laws in 1850 and 1852; 1855 California State Supreme Court case

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Yung, Wing, 1828-1912

Databases and Articles

Additional resources:

  • Worthy, Edmund H. "Yung Wing in America." Pacific Historical Review 34, no. 3 (1965): 265-87. doi:10.2307/3636523.  I n JSTOR

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