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Legislator to Seek Apology from Congress for Chinese Exclusion

Sing Tao Daily, Posted: Jul 23, 2009

SACRAMENTO On July 17, the California legislature passed ACR 42, a bill asking the state government for an apology for its discriminative persecution of Chinese immigrants in the 19th and 20th centuries. According to Sing Tao Daily, Assemblymember Paul Fong, who authored the bill, sees it as a first step in asking for an apology from the federal government. Fong is asking newly elected Congresswoman Judy Chu to join Congressman Mike Honda from Silicon Valley in support of proposing a similar bill in the U.S. Congress. Fong asserted that the Chinese American community deserves an apology from the federal government for its passage of the Chinese Exclusion Act in 1882, which discriminated against Chinese immigrants for more than 60 years. ACR 42 will take effect in California on Jan. 1, 2010.

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