Six chinese men survived the sinking of the Titanic. Never heard of them?
This was not the end of their voyage. After arriving at immigration on Ellis Island they were expelled from the US under the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882.
These Chinese men were portrayed by the press as stowaways, or who disguised themselves as women to get onto the life boats. Both untrue. They were sent to Cuba, then onto the UK, where they settled and had families. Again they had to leave due to anti immigrant feelings.
They dispersed to HongKong, India, Canada, and the US! Due to the trauma and stigma surrounding the sinking their own families & children knew nothing about their experiences.
It is pertinent now as History repeats itself with the recent exclusion of immigrants from the US, Windrush and Grenfell in the UK. The politics of immigration, discrimination, and exclusion remains.
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