Historical Context

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Asian Immigrants to the U.S. in 20th Century

In the beginning of the 20th century, Asian immigrants suffered from the Exclusion era. Chinese and Japanese immigrants were prohibited from coming to the United States, and this exclusion later applied to all Asian immigrants. Lots of laws were issued to exclude Asians. However, in the midst of the 20th century, the immigration policies were gradually changed. The acts of prohibiting Asian immigrants were reformed. Asian residents who had already been Americans got rights to own property and petition for family from their nation of origin. Thus, the waves of Asian immigration began at the end of the century.

1917 — Asiatic Barred Zone Act, which restricted immigrants from Middle East, Central Asia, South Asia, and Southeast Asia.
1922 — the case of Takao Ozawa v. United States, where a Japanese man who lived in the U.S. for 20 years was ineligible to naturalize.
1924 Immigration Act of 1924, which set quotas to Eastern Hemisphere.
1942 Many Japanese Americans were incarcerated in internment camps. This was also the time of discrimination against Asian Americans.
1943 Magnuson Act, also called Chinese Exclusion Repeal Act of 1943, which allowed Chinese immigrants and permitted the naturalization of some Chinese immigrants who resided in the U.S.
1946 — Luce – Celler Act, which offered quotas for Filipinos and Indians to move into the U.S. every year.
1952 — McCarran – Walter Act, which abolished racial restriction in the immigration and offered more chances to Asian and non-white immigrants to be naturalized in the U.S.
1949 – 1980 Second waves of immigration.
1980 – today Third waves of immigration.

Feminism in 20th Century 

In the early 18th century, women began to fight for their rights in the U.S. They tried to be treated as equal as men and attempted to get voting rights. Until the late 1880s, the term ‘feminism’ appeared, and more women were involved in the movement of feminism from this time. In Everything I Never Told You, Marlyn fought for her rights and pursued her dreams before the marriage. Even though Marlyn was regarded as an alien to her mother and lots of men in the time, there are many women like her that realized the importance to be equal with men. In the early 20th century, the first wave of feminism had passed, and women had already gotten rights to vote and rights to own property.


1920 — The Women’s Bureau of the Department of Labor was established to protect women from abuses and unsafe conditions in the workplace.
1923 — Alice Paul, as the leader of the National Woman’s Party, drafted an Equal Rights Amendment for the United States Constitution.
1940s — Women involved in World War II. Many women were conscripted and volunteered in the war. About 820,000 women served in the military.
1963 — Betty Friedan published The Feminine Mystique. Friedan recorded the emotion oppression she experienced as a woman. The book was popular as a bestseller and motivated more women to look for their true identities beyond homemakers.
1966 — National Organization for Women (NOW)
1971Ms Magazine, an American liberal feminist magazine, was founded by Gloria Steinem.
1994 — Violence Against Women Act was issued.

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