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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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Pigtails in Politics (1884–86)

Pigtails in Politics (1884–86)

(p.118) (p.119) 12 Pigtails in Politics (1884–86)
The First Chinese American

Scott D. Seligman

Hong Kong University Press

In 1884, Wong gathered all naturalized Chinese in the New York area, with a view to establish a political association. As they had declared their willingness to reside in America, they fought for their rights (including the right to vote) in the country. Later, a wave of anti-Chinese violence gradually got out of hand, and federal troops were dispatched to restore order. Wong announced in 1886 that an imperial proclamation from Beijing requsted all Chinese in America to return to their motherland.

Keywords:   Anti-Chinese violence, Imperial proclamation, Political association, Politics, America, China, Chinese American, Wong Chin Foo

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