From the Triplicate:
"I realized I was sitting on a story of ethnic cleansing in the
Pfaelzer said. "It was systematic. It was deliberate. It was all over the
After being forced from their
Eureka homes, Chinese people filed the first lawsuit in
for reparations. They organized
a militia in Amador and a vegetable strike in America Truckee in response to evacuation attempts. Chinese workers
on the railroad line won the right to keep their own cooks who boiled water for
tea and saved their health as diseases spread among whites.
When they arrived, the Chinese sued
for racism. Eureka
"It is an instance of formidable resistence," Pfaelzer said of the action that also sought damages for their lost wages, fishing vessels, crops and horses. "They sue for being the objects of mob violence, the intangible hatred that has come down on them and forced them out of
Pfaelzer wants the issue and her book to focus more attention on current immigration problems.
She pointed to communities in the
that have forced out Latino
residents, through rental laws and other means. She also noted the recent raids
on immigrants in the U.S. area. Eureka
"It is happening again," Pfaelzer said.
She compared rules that called on the Chinese to carry photo IDs to possible future requirements for
citizens to carry passports.
Chinese residents at the time refused. U.S.
"Many communities are just now beginning to deal with what happened to the first Chinese Americans," Pfaelzer said.