S: Cassidy Deal
BC: Bibliography -http://www.archives.gov/locations/finding-aids/chinese-immigration.html - http://aiisf.org/index.php/history -http://www.latinamericanstudies.org/chinese-immigrants.htmml -
FC: hey | The Life I lived For Freedom | The life if Chinese Immigrants
1: This scrapbook is from when my family came from China and settled as immigrants in the U.S.A. We faced many hardships during this time, but managed to survive with a few memories.
2: These are a few of the many forms we had to fill out for job applications, citizenship forms, and passports.
3: On the edge of San Francisco there is a small tenement in which we lived in for about two years in 1903. | Every time we stayed in one of these tenements we had to survive through harsh conditions .
4: Dear Diary, Thursday, June 4th, 1903. Today has been extraordinary, first we packed up our things and then headed out for the boat. When it arrived I was so nervous, this all just seemed too crazy!! In China I'd never even seen a boat that big, but now I was about to ride one, can you imagine?? After many long hours we arrived at the ports, It was amazing, so much different than China, so full of buildings, life, noise. It was most definitely loud. There was a ton of people, most looked like immigrants themselves,. We followed out after the more wealthy passengers and then we came to a little checkout looking place. They asked me for my identification and if I was sick, I said no and they nodded for me to continue on. Then we entered into a van type thing that took us to our new home. It was a small neighborhood in San Francisco, very small as a matter of fact. It would work for now though, it was better than nothing? I don't think it will be TOO bad here, but we'll see, I get to do my first day of work tomorrow. Wish me luck! -Cassidy Lynn | The port on Angel's Island where we landed/ | Our old city of Shanghai ,China.
5: Dear Diary, Friday, June 5th, 1903. Today was terrible. I just got home from work and its 11 p.m.!! And when i actually got there the people were very rude, half of the girls wouldn't even help me with the sowing machine because they claimed I was 'taking their jobs'. Its very dangerous in there as well, one girls fingers got caught in the machine and thy acted like it was a normal thing! Plus I've been working for about fourteen hours and barely got paid five dollars! This is outrageous, I'm going to sleep. Goodnight. Bye. -Cassidy Lynn | This is one of the many railroads Uncle Chang will be working on.
6: Dear Mom, America is outstanding. Its kinda been a bumpy ride just to gather the money to send you this letter, but hopefully its worth it. At my work in the sewing factory theres been a lot of drama with racism and such, I'm doing okay though. How are you? Me and Uncle really miss you...We'll be sending more money soon so keep an eye out. I barely see Uncle anymore, when hes off work I'm leaving for work, and he works all day, so do I. Its rough but I think were gonna make it alright. These are our passports! We just got them the other day, aren't they cool? They make me feel like I belong. Well, I'll write you soon, I love you. Goodbye. -Cassidy Lynn
7: This happens to be one of the job applications we had to fill out for his railroad position.