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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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Is It Then a Crime to Be a Chinaman? (1893)

Is It Then a Crime to Be a Chinaman? (1893)

(p.209) 21 Is It Then a Crime to Be a Chinaman? (1893)
The First Chinese American

Scott D. Seligman

Hong Kong University Press

A new bill was needed for Congress to repeal the Geary Act, therefore Wong sent a letter to the North China Herald in the name of the Chinese Equal Rights League. He wished to draw on the influence of this newspaper to make his voice known and eventually secured repeal of the Act. Yet, Wong’s request was almost doomed to failure as it was exactly the same Congress which possessed the power to decide on the matter. Nevertheless his efforts were not entirely fruitless, as a number of modifications to the government’s procedures for enforcing the Geary Act were approved.

Keywords:   Geary Act, Chinese Equal Rights League, North China Herald, Congress, America, China, Chinese American, Wong Chin Foo

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