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Eventually, the Chinese tried to go to court to demand justice and equal treatment but at the time, California's laws prevented Chinese immigrants from testifying against Whites in court.
As a result, many murders went unsolved as many murderers went free.
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In addition to prospecting for gold in California, many Chinese also came as contract laborers to Hawai'i to work in sugarcane plantations.
While in California, Chinese miners experienced their first taste of discrimination in the form of the Foreign Miner Tax.
Eventually, Filipino sailors were the first to settle in the U. However, the first large-scale immigration of Asians into the U. Lured by tales and dreams of making it rich on "Gold Mountain" (which became the Chinese nickname for California), The Gold Rush was one of the pull factors that led many Chinese to come to the U. to find their fortune and return home rich and wealthy.
Most of these early Chinese workers were from the Guangdong (also called Canton) province in China.
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