Act of September 11
According to this act, Chinese who had obtained entry visas by fraud and misrepresentation would not be deported if a spouse, parent, or child was a citizen or a permanent resident of the United States. In 1955, the U.S. Consul in Hong Kong had charged that there were many illegals in the United States (and that some of then may have been "Communist infiltrators"). A "confession" program was established so that illegals to proclaim their true immigration status. If their "confessions" were accepted, then their papers were adjusted so they could stay.
Immigration Act of 1965 (Hart-Cellar Reform Act)
According to this act, passed on October 3, 1965, the national origins quota system (established in 1924) would be abolished over a three-year period, with final abolition as of July 1, 1968. This system, which heavily favored northern Europeans, had come under increasing attack for being racially biased. Instead, there was to be a flat total of 170,000 immigrants from outside the Western Hemisphere, with no more than 20,000 from any one country, and 120,000 from Western Hemisphere (with no quotas by country).
The quota was to be calculated according to the person's country of birth. For the Chinese, those born in Hong Kong would come under Great Britain's quota, but these people could make up no more than 1 percent of the total number of visas issued to Great Britain in any one year. The act led to dramatic increases in the number of Asian and Latin American immigrants.
The act also established preference system of exemptions for family reunification outside quota system. It gave preference to uniting families by preserving 74 percent of the quota for relatives on American citizens. It also gave preference to people with professional skills needed in the United States.
The Wing Luke Asian Museum, Seattle, WA.
It is the only pan-Asian American museum in the U.S devoted to the collection, preservation, and display of Asian Pacific American culture, history and art. It is named in honor of Seattle City Council member Wing Luke, who died in a plane crash two years earlier.
The first national conference of Asian Americans and Pacific Island peoples is held in San Francisco, California
Governor Evans of Washington state creates the State Asian Advisory Council by executive order
Chatham Square Rally in New York, NY.
Prompted by the failure of DeMatteis Corp. to hire Asian American construction workers for Confucius Plaza, Asian Americans for Equal Employment stages a demonstration.
Members of the Pacific/Asian Coalition coin the phrase "Asian Americans and Pacific Island peoples" to refer to themselves.
The International Examiner, a Seattle based Asian American newspaper, is established.
Enter the Dragon is released starring Bruce Lee, a Chinese American actor and martial artist, who dies that same year.
First annual Asian American Festival held in Columbus Park, Chinatown, NY.
People from Phila., Boston, and Wash.,DC join 20,000 NYC Chinatown residents in a demonstration against police brutality. Over 2500 New York Chinatown residents demonstrate outside City Hall.
Author Maxine Hong Kingston wins the National Book Critics Circle Award for her book, Woman Warrior- a book reflecting on the immigrant issues. It and becomes among the most widely taught college-level book by a living author.
Connie Chung, news anchor and correspondent for NBC News, is the only Chinese American woman seen regularly on national television. She was among the first minority women to break into the media field when she was hired by CBS in 1972 on the basis of both affirmative action and merit considerations.
The murder of Vincent Chin in Detroit was a pivotal point in Asian Pacific American history. The outrage over the first verdict of the accused, autoworker Ronald Ebens and his step-son Michael Nitz, motivated APAs to American Citizens for Justice (ACJ), a pan-Asian American activist group that mobilized to demand a retrial against the two men.
For more information on the case, please visit Remembering Vincent Chin.
Reverend Jesse Jackson becomes the first presidential candidate to visit New York City's Chinatown.
Chinese American Michael Chang becomes the youngest French Open and Grand Slam tennis champion at age seventeen.
The 102nd Congress unanimously passes legislation designating May of each year as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month for the nation.
Asian/Pacific American Labor Alliance founded in Washington, D.C. The 500 unionists formed the 1st national Asian/Pacific American, a subgroup of the AFL-CIO.
After a 36-day hunger strike in May, Asian American students at University of California finally get the administrations to agree to establish an Asian American studies program.
Immigration Reform Act of 1995
Over 100 Chinese immigrants rallied at the San Francisco Senators' Office to deliver 10,000 petitions opposing congressional proposal which bar immigrants from federal public assistance programs.
Washington State voters elect Gary Locke as the state's 21st governor, the first Asian American governor on the U.S. mainland.
The TIME magazine's 1996 Man of the Year is Dr. David Ho for his groundbreaking research efforts on the AIDS virus.
Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year is golfer Tiger Woods. He refers to his ethnicity as "Cablinasian", an ethnic blend of Caucasian, Black, American Indian, and Asian.
Chinese American ice skater Michelle Kwan receives an Olympic silver medal in the Nagano Olympic games.
Ang Lee's "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" wins three Oscars and becomes the top-grossing foreign language film of all time.