Chinese American Citizens Alliance Summary

  • Last updated on November 10, 2022

The alliance has provided a unified political voice for American-born Chinese Americans, combating discrimination in immigration, housing, education, and health care and creating social activities for the celebration of Chinese heritage.

American-born Chinese Americans at the end of the nineteenth century had much to overcome. Anti-Chinese sentiment was high among European Americans, and laws such as the [a]Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 and the [a]Geary Act of 1892Geary Act of 1892 restricted immigration and residency of those born in China. Those of Chinese descent born in the United States faced concern by their elders that they were becoming too assimilated and forgetting their heritage. In 1895, a group of Chinese Americans in San Francisco created the Native Sons of the Golden State (not to be confused with the white nativist organization Native Sons of the Golden West“Native Sons of the Golden West”), the first chapter in what grew by 1915 to be a national organization, the Chinese American Citizens Alliance. The group sought to find ways for Chinese Americans to overcome anti-Chinese sentiment and participate fully in American life. At first limited to male members, the group accepted its first female members in 1977. The alliance published its own Chinese-language newspaper, the Chinese Times, from 1924 to 1988; provided insurance tomembers denied coverage because of discrimination; organized and supported community projects, including voter registration drives, playground and educational programs, and medical facilities; and encouraged young people to participate in traditional Chinese and American activities.Chinese American Citizens AllianceChinese American Citizens Alliance[cat]ADVOCACY ORGANIZATIONS AND MOVEMENTS;Chinese American Citizens Alliance[00950][cat]EAST ASIAN IMMIGRANTS;Chinese American Citizens Alliance[00950]Chinese American Citizens Alliance

Further Reading
  • Chen, Shehong. Being Chinese, Becoming Chinese American. Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 2002.
  • Lai, H. Mark. Becoming Chinese American: A History of Communities and Institutions. Walnut Creek, Calif.: AltaMira Press, 2004.
  • Ng, Franklin, ed. The Asian American Encyclopedia. Tarrytown, N.Y.: Marshall Cavendish, 1995.

Anti-Chinese movement


Chinese American press

Chinese boycott of 1905

Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882

Chinese immigrants

Chinese laundries

Chinese Six Companies

Geary Act of 1892

Native Sons of the Golden State

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