The Beijing-based blog lawandborder.com has rounded up three news reports on a story that resonates deeply in California, but which was buried somewhat this weekend amid other news as the governor signed and vetoed bills. Last Thursday night, the U.S. Senate unanimously approved a resolution apologizing for past laws that discriminated against Chinese immigrants, notably the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882.
The law was enacted during a time in U.S. history that immigration from China was perceived as a national threat. It prohibited most Chinese immigration for a decade and barred those already in the U.S. from becoming citizens, among other things. The law wasn't repealed until 1943.
A companion resolution is pending in the House. While it can be argued that nothing undoes the damage that shaped the Chinese American experience, both apologies are formal acknowledgments of wrongdoing. Lawandborder.com posted some background: