On board Spanish Galleons, the Filipinos were the first to cross the Pacific Ocean, fifty years before Jamestown was established. The Filipinos were forced to be sailors and navigate the ship until they arrived in what is now Morro Bay, California.
Asian American History Timeline
Saint Malo Settlement
The Saint Malo settlement was established by the Filipinos who were deserted from the Spanish ships because of various reasons, but the main reason was because of the brute nature of the Spainish. The settlement was in the Louisiana marshlands, and they governed themselves and kept their existence a secret.
First Chinese in America
The first Chinese came to America in 1847 and along with them came a missionary for schooling in Massachusetts.
First true Chinese immigrants arrived in the United States
America pressured China to trade with them, and finally in 1848 the arrival of silk merchants also the first true immigrants ( 2 men and a woman) were sent to work in the mines.
The news of gold and tales of its riches reached Canton in south China, causing 25,000 Chinese to travel to California.
The People Vs. Hall
The case of People v. George W. Hall was an appealed murder case during the 1850s. The Supreme Court established the Chinese Americans and immigrants did not have rights to testify against whites.
First Chinese to graduate from U.S. college
Yung Wing, who one of the three Chinese enrollees, graduated from Yale and became the first Chinese to graduate from a U.S. college. Yung Wing was given an honarary Doctor of Laws in 1876.
500 Chinese workers in Hawaii
Dr.William Hillebrand was sent to bring Hawaii cheap labor for their sugar plantations. He brought back 500 workers, each with a five-year contract of work.
Japanese in Hawaii
The plantation managers wanted a diverse workplace so in 1868, the first Japanese arrived in Hawaii to work.
U.S. and China singed the Burlingame-Seward Treaty which legally gave rights to Chinese citizens to immigrate to the U.S. The Central Railroad Co. recruited Chinese workers to work for them, later 2,000 Chinese railroad workers strike for a week.
Chinese Exclusion Act
Chinese Exclusion Act was a federal law that revised the 1868 Burlingame Treaty. According to these revisions, the U.S. could suspend immigration which they acted as quickly as they could on. This lasted for over 60 years.
First Korean to become a citizen
Seo Jai-Pil attented Harry Hillman Academy because of John Welles Hollenback. He became the first Korean to receive his citizenship, and studied medicine at Columbian College where he received a medical degree in 1892.
U.S. v. Wong Kim Ark
The Supreme Court was called to decide if an American-born of Chinese ancestry could be denied of his citizenship and excluded from the country. The Supreme Court confirmed Wong Kim Ark's citizenship allowing three of his four sons to become U.S. citizens.
Immigration Act of 1924
This Act forbid more immigration of anyone ineligible to be naturalized.
Bruce Lee was asked to star in "Enter the Dragon" which made him into a superstar. His death in 1973 gave way to many theories. It's ironic that his country that had in the beginning objected to him being a star, now after his death is mourning him.
Aircrafts and submarines of the Japanese Navy suprised the U.S. with an attack. The U.S. was unprepared, and with this attack the U.S. was drawn into World War II.
U.S. drops atomic bomb on Hiroshima & Nagasaki
"Little Boy" was dropped on Hiroshima by America, killing about 80,000 people. About 69% of the city's buildings were destroyed, and 6.6% severely damaged.
Rise in immigration
The Immigration Act abolished country preferences, and asian immigration increased.
First Asian American Astronaut
Ellison Onizuka was the first Asian American to lift off into space, They returned to Earth safely. However while on the Space Shuttle Challenger, Ellison Onizuka and six other crew mates died during an explosion during liftoff.
First Asian American in President's staff
Peter M. Rouse was the first Asian American to be appointed interim chief of staff for President Barack Obama.