AMAZIANS OF THE WEEK! Assemblymen Paul Fong (D-Cupertino) and Kevin De Leon (D-Los Angeles)

July 27th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen


Names: Paul Fong and Kevin De Leon

Occupation: California State Assemblymen

Known for: Co-authoring a historic piece of legislation that resulted on Friday in the state of California recognizing the role Chinese immigrants and Chinese-Americans had in building the Golden State and apologizing for denying them the right to vote, the right to own property, the right to intermarry, the right to testify in court, and the right to attend public schools at one time. While California today is seen as a haven for Asians, where we account for 12% of the total population, it was hard out here for a pimp for about 100 years, from the mid-19th century, when the Chinese arrived for the Gold Rush and were forced to pay racist taxes, to the mid-20th century, when the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 was repealed in 1943. The bill passed by the State Legislature doesn’t seek financial compensation, although Fong and De Leon intend to ask Congress to pass a similar piece of legislation.

All we can say is it’s about damn time, California.

A Chinese miner in California, 1850

[via LA Times]

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