When and why did most Chinese immigrants come to the U.S.?
The Gold Rush attracted immigrants from southeastern China looking for economic opportunities. In CA, whenever they found gold, they would get kicked out by whites, so they began doing jobs white males didn’t want: cooking, laundry, domestic servants, railroad workers, fishing villages on the coast, as seasonal workers in farms. Most immigrants were men (since they expected to make some $ and then go back to China) and few women. The Chinese, being non-white, non-Christian were often discriminated. Religiously, they practiced a mix of Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism.