By alexis | March 17, 2008
So I spoke at the Library of Congress today. (Packed room! maybe 150 or so people, with people standing in the back. Sometimes I think, who are all these people and how did you hear about the book?) Anyway, Abby Yochelson, a librarian there, pulled some documents from my bibliography, including this one.
Â It is by Samuel Gompers of the American Federation of Labor, and it is called “Some Reasons for Chinese Exclusion: Meat vs. Rice, American Manhood against Asiatic Coolieism, Which Shall Survive?” Published in the Congressional record. Basically it makes the case that Chinese people, because they eat rice, will drag down the standard of living for Americans, who eat meat.
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