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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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The Only New Yorker Without a Country (1891)

The Only New Yorker Without a Country (1891)

(p.186) (p.187) 19 The Only New Yorker Without a Country (1891)
The First Chinese American

Scott D. Seligman

Hong Kong University Press

Wong wished to go abroad for a short trip, yet he was denied a passport by the U.S. government. The United States Commissioner claimed that no Chinaman was entitled to a passport under the instructions of the State Department. In 1891, Wong was arrested by the police for illegal voter registration, which was a felony. He was later tried and acquitted. His arrest and trial for illegal registration highlighted the extent of corruption in New York’s Chinatown in the late 19th century.

Keywords:   Illegal voter registration, Passport, Arrest, Trial, Corruption, America, China, Chinese American, Wong Chin Foo

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