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New York, US: Mad men


chinese arriving USThe following is a translation of a typical ad published by a migration agency around the turn of the 20th century, enticing Chinese to seek a better future in America:

“Americans are very rich people. They want the Chinaman to come and will make him welcome. There will be big pay, large houses and food and clothing of the finest description. You can write your friends or send them money at any time, and we will be responsible for the safe delivery. It is a nice country, without mandarins or soldiers. All alike; big man no larger than little man. There are a great many Chinamen there now, and it will not be a strange country. Chinese God is there, and the agents of this house. Never fear, and you will be lucky. Money is in great plenty and to spare in America.”

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