The Chinese were drawn to immigrate to the US by the lure of gold and the dream of a quick fortune and a return to China for a life of luxury. However, Chinese immigrants were faced with discrimination, violence, and high taxes. Few were able to make enough money for the return to China, and so instead settled into strong Chinese communities, further unified by discrimination. Chinese immigration slowed in 1882 and nearly stopped in 1892 due to legal restriction of immigration. The Chinese in Oregon made their living in the gold mines of Eastern Oregon, in the salmon canneries of Western Oregon, and in railroad construction, menial labor, and employment within the Chinese community throughout the state. Chinese had a large impact on the West by building the railroads and thus stimulating its growth. The presence of Chinese immigrants remains today throughout the West.

A history of Chinese Immigration to Oregon
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