In memory of my father – Louie Hung On, my grandfather – Louie Mow, and my great-grandfather – Louie Fat. As merchants, they were more fortunate than many Chinese who came to America. However, when I read the documents from the National Archives, I witness how they were treated. One hundred thirty-six years after my great-grandfather came to this country, I remember.
Now, I understand why my father was so secretive about his journey from China to the United States. In part, it had to do with the Chinese Exclusion Act, passed on May 6, 1882. Today is a day of remembrance, lest we forget.
I stand on the shoulders of my ancestors and all of the Chinese who came to America and claimed their rights for freedom and justice. They helped make this country what it is and the United States is better for their contributions.
- Apology for the Chinese Exclusion Act
On June 18, 2012, the United States House of Representatives passed a resolution, introduced by Congresswoman Chu, that formally expresses the regret of the House of Representatives for the Chinese Exclusion Act, which imposed almost total restrictions on Chinese immigration and naturalization and denied Chinese-Americans basic freedoms because of their ethnicity. This was only the fourth time that the U.S. Congress issued an apology to a group of people.
“Those Who Do Not Learn History Are Doomed To Repeat It.” George Santayana