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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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Citizenship for Americanized Chinese (1897)

Citizenship for Americanized Chinese (1897)

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The First Chinese American

Scott D. Seligman

Hong Kong University Press

Wong had not maintained any communication with his son or his wife since he fled China for Yokohama in 1873. He finally received his first word from his family in China in 1896. Wong amassed a list of over 5000 “Americanized” Chinese who yearned to work to acquire citizenship rights and endeavoured to set up an organization to promote these rights. Eventually, the establishment of the Chinese Equal Rights League was granted by the State of Illinois. Wong also spearheaded an effort to lobby Congress for citizenship rights for Americanized Chinese, and the bill primarily dealt with the issue of naturalization.

Keywords:   Chinese Equal Rights League, Citizenship, Naturalization, Americanized Chinese, America, China, Chinese American, Wong Chin Foo

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