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Asian-American Involvemet in WWI
Transcript of Asian-American Involvemet in WWI
Alexis Clark Asian-American
Involvement in WWI Introduction What did people think of them? Asian American Participation What did they try to achieve? A lot of people from East Asia chose to migrate to the United States in the late 1800s- early 1900s. From the time they first immigrated into the United States in the late 18th century, Asian-Americans were victims of racial discrimination and Americanism. They found it hard to find work and were not often allowed the same basic rights as their Caucasian counterparts. During World War I, Asian-Americans were held in a very similar light. They were still considered underclass citizens, as many other American minorities were. Many believed that by fighting for America, they could gain the respect of the white citizens that oppressed them. Others supported America in their plight against the Axis Powers. A few Asian-Americans refused to fight for America because of the way they were treated. Some Asian Americans were used to work on U.S. Navy ships. Because of the Navy growing rapidly, they needed people to do tasks like stewards and do laundry duties, Chinese, Filipino and Japanese Americans were brought on board to perform these functions They migrated to find better opportunities for their families and better work. Even though there were many stereotypes about them, they still came and helped fight for our country. Resources http://www.history.navy.mil/photos/prs-tpic/asians/aspa-early.htm http://www.army.mil/asianpacificsoldiers/history/worldwar1.html Marine Private Tomas
Mateo Claudio Born May 7, 1892 Died June 29,1918 He is considered the first Fillipino to die overseas during the battle of Chateau-Thierry Part of the United States Army http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_history_of_Asian_Americans#19th_century http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tomas_Mateo_Claudio Sergeant Sing Kee http://www.saratogahistory.com/History/WWI.htm Member of the Lost Battalion. Earned a Distinguished Service Cross and the French Croix de Guerre for his heroic actions. Born January 25, 1895 Thought to be the first Chinese American in America to be decorated for bravery.