Since it ain’t never too late to say you’re sorry, the great state of California, in the spirit of recent DC apologies for injustices to Filipino World War II vets and for the institution of slavery, has apologized for the state laws enacted beginning in the Gold Rush era against Chinese Americans in California. According to Time.com/CNN, the laws “barred Chinese from owning land or property, marrying whites, working in the public sector and testifying against whites in court”. The bill recognizes and apologizes for those unjust laws and also notes the contributions of Chinese Americans for their work on the Transcontinental Railroad.
Although this is a great first step brought about by state assembly member Paul Fong, the next step, which is to have Congress apologize for the Chinese Exclusion Act, which still has xenophobic effects today and contributes to the perception of Asian Americans being aliens in our own damn country, will be a great feat to accomplish.
From Angry Asian Man.