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"Where did Kenneth go?" asked his reflection, or: Excluded Chinese

"Where did Kenneth go?" asked his reflection, or: Excluded Chinese

(Project 365 Day 123)

So it's President's Day today, and I wanted to take a President-themed picture. I know it's supposed to be for Washington and Lincoln's birthdays, but I figured I'd try to find do something relating to one of the lesser-known Presidents instead. Looking through a list of former Presidents, I found Chester A. Arthur, the 21st President of the United States.

So I looked through his info for something interesting, and hey! Turns out he signed the Chinese Exclusion Act into law in 1882. It was a federal law that was specifically designed to limit Chinese immigration. Yellow Peril and all that. A number of related laws followed, and large scale Chinese immigration didn't resume until 1965!

Even today, Title 8, Chapter 7 of the United States Code is still labeled, "Exclusion of Chinese"! Of course, all the sections are now "repealed" or "omitted". But still, what a way to remind us of our history. (I can hear the foreign exchange student applicants now: "History?")

And so I came up with this picture: "Excluded Chinese".

P.S.: On a more flippant note, if vampires don't have reflections, does this make me an anti-vampire? And what do anti-vampires do, anyway? Spit blood, feast on garlic, and get burned by darkness? :P

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