Fear of Chinese immigrants has long existed in this country. Like many other immigrant groups, they survived by helping each other and being creative.
Shortly before and after the passage of the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, many Chinese immigrants survived by moving, of all places, to the American South.
While there, a political and social alliance between the freed Black slaves and the Chinese based on a survival instinct was forged.
Inter-racial marriages became common, totaling nearly one-third of all Chinese marriages in some parts of the South during this period.
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