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Chinese Immigration: The story of Lin Li

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Jocelyn Liu

on 27 November 2013

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Transcript of Chinese Immigration: The story of Lin Li

My Mom: Lin Li
Lin Li 李琳李琳came to the Americas in 1997, half a year after her husband, Lisong Liu, who had come to attend Maharishi University of Management in Iowa for graduate school. They lived in a trailer/mobile home near Maharishi University. She studied in Iowa for 2/3 s of a year before being admitted into the University of Maryland.
Journey & Admittance
The trip from China to America was a long and tiring 17 hours by plane. In the 1990s, the
two main ports were less of a formality for incoming immigrants, and Lin Li came through an airport in Detroit. She traveled alone, but was met by her husband at the airport.To be conventionally registered as an American citizen, she had to go through 'customs', much the same as going through airports today.
In America, the Chinese are most known for their delicious traditional food.
They are also known for:
~Chinese New Year & Moon Festival (holidays/festivals)
~Chinese calligraphy and arts
~Buddhism & Taoism
~Kung Fu
~Confucian concepts

1. http://faculty.umf.maine.edu/walter.sargent/public.www/web%20104/104%20outline%203_08.htm
2. http://globerove.com/china/chinese-american-culture/1787
3. http://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/05/04_china.html <fact[s]
4. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Chinese_Americans
5.http://immigrationinamerica.org/425-chinese-immigrants.html ,<graph

In the 1990s, the mainstream of Chinese immigrants came to America for college or graduate school, since America had a much better education system at the time.
Chinese Immigration: The story of Lin Li
*Ellis Island, NY
& Angel Island, CA
In the late 1880s and the early 1900s, the two main ports of immigration were Ellis Island, New York-with its famous Statue of Liberty- and Angel Island in San Francisco.
Fun Facts
1. The Chinese invented toilet paper in the late 1300s, to be used only by the emperor and a few of the extremely wealthy.

2. The Chinese also invented ice cream by packaging a milk and rice mixture into the snow.
*Also. in the 1800s, Chinese workers built the Transcontinental Railroad in the U.S.; a huge part of America's industrialization
Charting Immigration
Large-scale Chinese immigration was not until the late 1900s, after World War II and the lift of the Chinese Exclusion Act, the only U.S. law to stop immigration for a certain race. The peak of the Chinese Immigration flow was in the 1990s-2000s.
Life in America
My mom, Lin Li, was pretty well off; she had a mobile home (which is pretty cool) she shared with my dad and one other family, and in 1998, they moved to Virginia where they had us.
Overall, life in America, she believed, was a better choice than life in China.
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