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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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Fifty Cents a Pound (1887)

Fifty Cents a Pound (1887)

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The First Chinese American

Scott D. Seligman

Hong Kong University Press

Denis Kearney intended to persuade the Canadian government to put a halt to Chinese immigration, and his opinions set him on a collision course with Wong. After the railroad was finished in 1885, Canada passed the Chinese Immigration Act, which ordered the charging of a $50 head tax on all Chinese who wished to enter Canada. The tax was conspicuously Canada’s response to America’s Chinese Exlusion Act. Due largely to his American citizenship, Wong thought that he should by no means be charged, and he endeavoured to negotiate with the Canadian government on this matter.

Keywords:   Denis Kearney, Chinese Immigration Act, Chinese Exclusion Act, Head tax, Canadian government, Canada, America, China, Chinese American, Wong Chin Foo

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