The Free Land Is Not Free
The author of “In the Land of Free”, Edith Maud Eaton, with pen name Sui Sin Far, was not a direct immigrant from Asia to the United States, but she portrayed the harsh treatment Asian immigrants faced upon entering in the U.S. in the late 1800s. Sui Sin Far, working as a journalist for Fly Lea, had exposed the extreme injustice done to Asian Americans in U.S. while she was living on the west coast of the United States. In addition, Sui Sin Far’s narration throughout “The Land of the Free” presents the truth about what was immigrant’s life behind America's dreams of fortune.
In the story “The Land of the Free”, Hom Hing was a merchant doing business many years in San Francisco. As a Chinese immigrant, he came …show more content…
In 1880s, “American Federation of Labor, argued that the very presence of Chinese dragged down the living standards of whites” (A clear and Present Danger, 1991, P1), so American government started to prevent Chinese from entering in the U.S. The primary reason why Chinese undermined native-born Americans’ lives is that Chinese were cheaper labors and had lower living standards afforded by their employers than their competitors. Thus, most native American claimed that Chinese immigrants gradually invaded one industry after another until not merely the places of their girls as “domestics and cooks, the laundry of out poorer white women”, but the places of the men and boys, as “boot and shoemakers” (A clear and Present Danger, 1991, P1). Therefore, we can see some discrimination and unfair treatments against Chinese immigrants in the late 1880s. Firstly, for doing a same job, Chinese earned lower wages than whites (A clear and Present Danger, 1991, P2). Both Chinese and whites are human beings, and Chinese paid out the same time and energy to finish the same task as whites did; however, they only could receive much low wages. So, this fact indicates that because of the discrimination, Chinese labors were unfairly treated by American employers. Secondly, In 1881, American Federation of Labor, which prohibited Chinese taking jobs away from whites, stated