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The First Chinese AmericanThe Remarkable Life of Wong Chin Foo$
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Scott D. Seligman

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9789888139897

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888139897.001.0001

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I Shall Drive Him Back to His Sand Lots (1883)

I Shall Drive Him Back to His Sand Lots (1883)

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The First Chinese American

Scott D. Seligman

Hong Kong University Press

Denis Kearney, an active Irish-American member in the labour movement, arraigned multitudes of Chinese ‘coolie labour’ for keeping workers’ wages low. He helped to establish the Workingmen’s Party of California and embarked on the anti-Chinese movement in the United States. In the late 1870s, Kearney visited the Midwest and the East to win the allegiance of the people for his anti-Chinese perspectives, nonetheless, the reaction of the masses was a mixed one. In response to Kearney’s movement, Wong thereby challenged and bested Kearney through a series of letters, and attempted to launch a debate with him on the ‘Chinese question’.

Keywords:   Denis Kearney, Workingmen’s Party of California, Anti-Chinese movement, Labour movement, Chinese question, America, China, Chinese American, Wong Chin Foo

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