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ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN
HISTORICAL TIMELINE OVERVIEW (1900 TO 1949)

Our victories, obstacles and leaders



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1900 to 1909

  • 1900 - California's Punjabi Mexican Americans Arrival
  • 1900 - Galvestron Chinatown / 1st in Texas
  • 1900 - Canton Bank of San Francisco
  • 1900 - Census Figures of Indian Americans
  • 1900 - Organic Act Ends
  • 1900 - Chinese "Undesirables" Portrayed
  • 1900 - Census Reports 168,000+ Filipinos in Hawaii
  • 1900 - California's Punjabi Mexican Americans
  • 1901 - San Francisco's "New Chinese Telephone Co." Opens
  • 1901 - Sung Vs. U.S.
  • 1901 - Chinese Exclusion Convention
  • 1902 - S.F.'s Politicians Want to Move Chinatown
  • 1902 - Chinese Exclusion Act Extended / Samuel Gompers
  • 1902 - Challenges to Chinese Exclusionists
  • 1902 - Yamashita Barred from Practicing Law
  • 1903 - Anna May Wong is Born
  • 1903 - Japanese American Baseball League
  • 1903 - Korean Workers Arrive in Hawaii
  • 1903 - Peter Chang - 1st Korean American is Born
  • 1903 - 1st Korean Church in U.S. & Outside of Korea
  • 1903 - Filipino Immigrants
  • 1904 - Chinese Exclusion Act Made Indefinte
  • 1904 - Syngman Rhee
  • 1904 - Isamu Nogushi
  • 1904 - 1st Chinese Medical Student Graduate
  • 1904 - 1st Korean Couple in the U.S.
  • 1905 - Mongolians/White Marriages Forbidden
  • 1905 - United States Vs. Ju Toy
  • 1905 - CA Urges U.S. to Limit Japanese Immigration
  • 1905 - Asiatic Exclusion League Formed
  • 1906 - Anti-Asian Riot in Vancouver
  • 1906 - San Francisco Earthquake & Chinatown History
  • 1906 - Exclusion of AA's from Public Schools
  • 1906 - Santa Ana's Chinatown Burned Down
  • 1907 - Japanese Unable to Reimmigrate to the U.S.
  • 1908 - Filipino Recruited as Cheap Laborers
  • 1908 - Canada "Curbs" Asian Indian Immigration
  • 1908 - Japanese Plantation Workers Go On Strike
  • 1909 - Japanese Plantation Workers Go On Strike
  • 1909 - Aoki's Interracial Marriage to Ms. Emery
  • 1909 - 1st Chinese in American Society of Civil Engineers

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1910 to 1919
  • 1910 - Asian American Immigration Restrictions
  • 1910 - First Korean "Picture Bride"
  • 1910 - Angel Island Opens
  • 1911 - "Lue Gim Gong" Orange
  • 1911 - 1st AA Congressional Medal of Honorees
  • 1911 - Asian American Organizations are Formed
  • 1911 - Philip Ahn - 1st AA Actor "Walk of Fame"
  • 1912 - Duke Kahanamoku - 1st APA Olympian
  • 1912 - Nisei Education
  • 1912 - Tun Vs. Edsell
  • 1912 - Chinese American Citizen Alliance is Formed
  • 1912 - California Land Owned by Japanese Americans
  • 1912 - Chinese Slave Girl Plot
  • 1913 - Lung Yep (LAPD's 1st Chinese Policeman)
  • 1912 - L.A.'s Role in the Chinese Revolution
  • 1914 - Sessue Hayakawa - 1st Asian Star in Hollywood
  • 1913 - Ichihashi - Stanford's 1st Non-White Professor
  • 1914 - Canada Stops Asian Indian Immigration
  • 1915 - Japanese Chamber of Commerce is Formed
  • 1915 - Asian Immigrants Barred from any Profits
  • 1916 - Toraichi Kono Works with Charles Chaplin
  • 1916 - Wah Ming Chang is Born
  • 1916 - Minoru Yasui is Born
  • 1917 - Alien Land Law Restricts Immigration
  • 1917 - Only Japanese & Filipinos Are Allowed In
  • 1917 - Jack Soo (aka Goro Suzuki) is Born
  • 1917 - Asian Americans in WWI
  • 1918 - APA Servicemen Can Be Naturalized
  • 1919 - Japanese Labor Union is Formed
  • 1919 - I.M. Pei is Born
  • 1919 - Sammy Lee is Born
  • 1919 - Korean American "Rice King"

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  1920 to 1929
  • 1920 - Anti-Japanese Crusade & Congressional Hearings
  • 1920 - Asian American Plantation Workers Go On Strike
  • 1920 - Asian Indians Own 123,000 Acres in California
  • 1920 - Law Stops "Picture Brides" Immigration
  • 1920 - Kwock Jan Fat Vs. White
  • 1920 - George Shima - The "Potato King"
  • 1921 - States Pass "Alien Land Laws"
  • 1921 - Anna May Wong - 1st Female Hollywood Star
  • 1922 - Marry an"Alien" - Lose Your Citizenship
  • 1922 - Ho Vs. White - "Dangerous" Aliens Law
  • 1922 - Japanese Cannot be Naturalized
  • 1923 - Exclusion Based on the "Common Man"
  • 1923 - Bhagat Singh Thind
  • 1923 - More States Pass "Alien Land Law" Constitutionality
  • 1923 - Asian American World Flyweight Champion
  • 1923 - Asian Indians Were "Aliens Ineligible for Citizehship"
  • 1924 - Immigratin Denied to All Asians
  • 1924 - World's 1st Execution by Lethal Gas
  • 1924 - Filipino Americans Suffer Severe Hardships
  • 1924 - Massacre in Hawaii
  • 1924 - Whites Only
  • 1925 - Chinese Gangs Call a Truce
  • 1925 - Filipino Federation of America is Formed
  • 1925 - World Champion Filipino Boxer Dies
  • 1925 - Him Mark Lai is Born (Died in 2009)
  • 1925 - Gin Chow Predicted 1925 Santa Barbara Earthquake
  • 1925 - Japanese Person Can't be Naturalized
  • 1926 - Interracial Marriage (Banning & Ota)
  • 1927 - Separate Facilities for "Mongolian" Children
  • 1927 - Restrictions of Japanese Schools Unconstitutional
  • 1928 - Hersee Moody Caron & Chinese Children
  • 1928 - Setsuo Aratani's Success and Baseball
  • 1928 - Filipino Farm Workers Driven Out
  • 1928 - Chi Alpha Delta
  • 1929 - Miyoshi Umeki was Born (05/08/29 - 08/29/07)
  • 1929 - Chinatown Unemployment During the Depression
  • 1929 - JACL is Form
  • 1929 - Filipinos Driven Out
  • 1929 - Fazal Muhammad Khan Changes the Rice Industry
  • 1929 - Black Tuesday

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1930 to 1939
  • 1930 - JACL & Anti Filipino Riots
  • 1930 - Don Ho (Legendary Hawaiian Performer) is Born
  • 1930 - Jimmie Angel & the "Chinese Flying Club"
  • 1930 - Agricultural Workers League (Filipino Labor Union)
  • 1930 - Filipinos in Alaskan Canneries
  • 1931 - Gero Iwai ("Father" of MIS)
  • 1931 - Admendment to the "Cable Act"
  • 1933 - 1st Japanese to Earn PhD
  • 1933 - Filipino Labor Union and Journal is Formed
  • 1933 - Ng Poon Chew (Chinese "Mark Twain" / Civil Rights Activist) Dies
  • 1933 - Chang Apana (Inspiration for "Charlie Chan") Dies
  • 1933 - Filipinos Ineligible for Citizenship
  • 1933 - Filipino Elected President of Labor Union
  • 1934 - "Kelly" Petillo & Hirashima Wins Auto Race
  • 1934 - Birth of Nisei Week
  • 1934 - Limits on Filipino Immigration
  • 1935 - Tydings-McDuffie Act of 1935
  • 1935 - Seattle's 1st Civil Rights Coalition / Interracial Marriages
  • 1935 - Eddie See's Dragon Den Opens in L.A. Chinatown
  • 1935 - FDR Grants Citizenships / Public Law 162
  • 1936 - Zubin Mehta is Born
  • 1937 - George Takei is Born
  • 1937 - Washington State Eliminate Interracial Marriages
  • 1937 - Strike in Hawaii
  • 1937 - Mutual Aid Association is Founded
  • 1937 - Only Japanese American in Abraham Lincoln Brigade
  • 1938 - Chinese Women on Strike
  • 1938 - L.A. Chinatown Plaza / History / China City
  • 1938 - Feng Sha Ho Saves Jews in Germany
  • 1938 - Forbidden City Night Club Opens
  • 1939 - Frank Fat (Legendary Restaurant Owner)
  • 1939 - Wing Fat (Prominent Sacramento Restauranteur
  • 1939 - Filipino American Rescues Jews During WWII
  • 1939 - 1st All-Chinese Professional Basketball Team

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1940 to 1949
  • 1940 - Bruce Lee is Born
  • 1940 - All Immigrants Have to Register
  • 1940 - Chiune "Sempo" Sugihara - Japanese Schindler's List
  • 1940 - Labor Association is Formed
  • 1940 - Maxine Hong Kingston is Born
  • 1940 - Tiger Brigade is Formed
  • 1940 - Conscription Law (Selective Training and Service Act)
  • 1940 - Asian Americans and the Hotel Industry
  • 1941 - OSC Football Player Interned
  • 1941 - Asian Americans and the Hotel Industry
  • 1941 - Army Language School
  • 1941 - Shigeya Kihara (Original teacher of Army Language School)
  • 1941 - Japanese Internment Camp Events
  • 1942 - Frank Fong - One of the First Chinese American Fighter Pilots
  • 1942 - First Seattle Prosecution and Acquital
  • 1942 - Flying Tigers
  • 1942 - Persecution of Japanese Canadians
  • 1942 - Teachers at the Internment Camps
  • 1942 - Ming W. Chen is Born
  • 1942 - "Ishikawa Fisherman" (Trout Fishing at Manzanar)
  • 1942 - 14th Service Group/987th Signal Company
  • 1942 - Japanese Americans are Interned
  • 1942 - Aluets are Interned
  • 1942 - Internment Camp's Evacuated People
  • 1942 - Tule Lake Internment Camp
  • 1942 - Poston Internment Camp
  • 1942 - Internment Camps / Relcation Centers
  • 1942 - Internment Camps' Student Relocations
  • 1942 - 100th& 442nd Regimental Combat Troops
  • 1943 - Hirabayashi Vs. United States
  • 1943 - Dr. Sammy Lee Wins an Olympic Gold Medal
  • 1943 - Young Oak Kim - 1st AA Officer
  • 1943 - Chinese Exclusion Laws are Repealed
  • 1943 - Japanese American Curfew Law is Constitutional
  • 1943 - Korean Newspaper is Formed
  • 1943 - Chinese American Women Serving During WWII
  • 1944 - Tokyo Rose Convicted of Treason
  • 1944 - Death of 442nd's Ted Tanouye
  • 1944 - Japanese Exclusion Laws are Repealed
  • 1944 - Korematsu vs. U.S.
  • 1944 - People Can't be Drafted if They Are " Interned"
  • 1944 - All Asian Exclusion Orders Revoked
  • 1944 - Chi Cheng is Born
  • 1944 - Chinese American Soldiers in WWII
  • 1945 - Mercy Missions
  • 1945 - Filipino Guerrilas Led the U.S.'s Most Successful Rescue Mission
  • 1945 - 2 Filipino American Women Awarded US Medal of Freedom
  • 1946 - 1st Asian American Elected to State Office
  • 1946 - Internment / Concentration Camps are Closed
  • 1946 - Filipinos and Indians Can Become Citizens
  • 1946 - Strike in Hawaii
  • 1946 - Connie Chung is Born
  • 1947 - 1945 War Brides Act
  • 1947 - Full Pardon for Japanese American Resistors
  • 1948 - Interracial Marriage Ban Lifted
  • 1948 - James Wong Howe & Sanora Babb Marriage
  • 1948 - Displaced Persons Act
  • 1948 - Sammy Lee - 1st Asian American Gold Medalist
  • 1948 - Harold Sakata - 1st Japanese American Olympic Medalist
  • 1948 - Limited Redress for Interned Japanese Americans
  • 1949 - Chinese Granted Refugee Status
  • 1949 - "You Have to be Taught" (how to hate) Song from "South Pacific
  • 1949 - Song Addressing Racism in South Pacific
  • 1949 - Filipinos Imported as Strike-Breakers
  • 1949 - APAs Arrested for Communist Activity

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