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Chinese immigration experience to Texas featuring Jim Eng's story

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Social Studies Age Levels Elementary (9 to 12 years old), Middle School (13 to 15 years old), High School (16 to 18 years old)

This collection includes resources about focusing on the story of Jim Eng (Ng San Wah) who immigrated to Texas when he was seven years old. Included are the various documents that he and his mom needed to immigrate and excerpts from his oral history are included.

Teachers and students may use this collection as a springboard for classroom discussions , such as those about immigration policy and/or discrimination. This collection is not comprehensive but rather provides a launching point for research and study. Documents are included to guide students through analysis activities of the documents, photos and oral history.

This Smithsonian Learning Lab collection received Federal support from the Asian Pacific American Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center. 

Keywords: chinese exclusion act, 1882,



Melanie Schwebke

Ng Gim Toon's Passport

Melanie Schwebke

Lee Yit Ho and Ng San Wah

Melanie Schwebke

Ng San Wah and Lee Yit Ho

Melanie Schwebke


Melanie Schwebke

Eng family portrait

Melanie Schwebke

The Chinese Exclusion Act at History Film Forum 2017

National Museum of American History

Brett Harte Card

National Museum of American History

Delivering the Goods

SI Center for Learning and Digital Access

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Ashley Naranjo