Interior ChinatownLarge Print - 2020 | Large print edition
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Winner - National Book Award. Recognizes an outstanding work of literary fiction by a United States citizen. Called one of the funniest books of 2020 by The Washington Post, Yu's fourth novel follows the path of Willis Wu, a young man living in Chinatown who discovers hidden secrets the world ar... Read More »
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Relatively large number of quotes, 48 as of today, in goodreads for a thin novel in a movie script form, thanks to its contributors:
Not in goodreads are the US laws in exhibits A & B, P1 of 3:
-1859 Oregon’s constitution is revised: no “Chinaman” can own property in the state.
-1879 California’s constitution is revised: ownership of land is limited to aliens of “the white race or of African descent.”
-1882 On May 6, the U.S. (Federal) Chinese Exclusion Act is signed into law by President Chester A. Arthur, prohibiting all immigration of Chinese laborers, the first law preventing all members of a specific ethnic or national group from immigrating into the United States.
Not in goodreads are the US laws in exhibits A & B, P2 of 3:
-1886 Washington Territory’s constitution bars aliens ineligible for citizenship from owning property.
-1890 In the City of San Francisco, the Bingham Ordinance prohibits Chinese people (whether or not U.S. citizens) from either working or living in San Francisco, except in “a portion set apart for the location of all the Chinese,” thereby creating a literal, legally defined ghetto. -1892 The U.S. (Federal) Geary Act requires all Chinese residents of the United States to carry a permit, failure to carry such permit (at any time) being punishable by deportation or one year of hard labor. In addition, Chinese are not allowed to bear witness in court.
-1920 The U.S. (Federal) Cable Act decrees that any American woman who marries “an alien ineligible for citizenship shall cease to be a citizen of the United States.”
Not in goodreads are the US laws in exhibits A & B, P3 of 3:
-1924 U.S. (Federal) Immigration Act of 1924, also known as the Johnson-Reed Act, limits the number of immigrants allowed entry into the United States through a national origins quota. It completely prohibits immigration from Asia.
-1943 The Chinese Exclusion Act is repealed by the Magnuson Act and Chinese in the United States are given the right to become naturalized citizens, although ethnic Chinese in America were still prohibited from owning property or businesses. The quota for Chinese immigration is set at 105 people per year.
-1965 The Immigration and Nationality Act (Hart-Celler Act) is passed by the 89th United States Congress and signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson. The law abolishes the quota-based National Origins Formula that had been the basis of U.S. immigration policy since 1921.
Reflective on the generic Arab/Muslims after 9-11 and recently on generic Chinese since the Covid-19 Pandemic:
He’s in the hospital. Someone beat him unconscious. Called him a jap. According to a witness, as the first man hit Allen in the temple, knocking him to the ground, they said, “This is for Pearl Harbor.”
Young Wu thinks: it could have been him.
Nakamoto says: it should have been him. All of the housemates realize: it was them. All of them. That was the point. They are all the same. All the same to the people who struck Allen in the head until his eyes swelled shut. All the same as they filled a large sack with batteries and stones, and hit Allen in the stomach with it until blood came up from his throat. Allen was Wu and Park and Kim and Nakamoto, and they were all Allen. Japan, China, Taiwan, Korea, Vietnam. Whatever. Anywhere over there. Slope. Jap. Nip. Chink. Towelhead. Whatever.
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