Introduction

Leaving China & the
Journey Across the
Pacific

Cultural Traditions

Women in Early
Chinatowns

Anti-Chinese Violence
& Women's Resistance

Chinese Women at
Work

Educational
Opportunities

Women in Cultural
Work

The Great Depression
and War

Conclusion

Additional Resources


 

 

 

Congress Repeals the Exclusion Act

In 1943, nodding to the military alliance with China against Japan, Congress passed the Magnuson Act, also known as the Chinese Exclusion Repeal Act of 1943.  After 60 years, the United States had at last repealed the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882.  Yet, only 103 Chinese people could enter the U.S. each year--2% of the Chinese who were legally residing in the United States in 1890.  Although under the Magnuson Act any Chinese woman could legally emigrate to the U.S., the numbers remained low. Not until the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 could Chinese women freely immigrate to the United States. 59