Posted on March 18th, 2011
(the final chapter in our 3 Part Series. Find Parts 1 and 2 here, respectively.)
By the Second Word War, more than half the Chinese population of the United States was born on American soil – or, you know, in American hospitals (as soil births were becoming more and more rare). The Magnuson Act of 1943 ended legal Chinese exclusion and allowed Chinese residents to become American citizens, and the War Brides Act of 1947 brought over six thousand brides of Chinese American soldiers – which I like to imagine involved a cruise ship filled with beautiful Chinese women in couture wedding gowns.