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May 2021

Pershing’s Chinese: Asylum Seekers amid Chinese Exclusion with Li Yang

May 25 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
AZ United States
FREE

In 1917, Gen. John J. Pershing brought 527 Chinese refugees from Mexico. These men had attached themselves to the punitive expedition conducted by Gen. Pershing in pursuit of the Mexican revolutionary leader Francisco “Pancho” Villa from 1916 to 1917. When Pershing withdrew, aware that the lives of the Chinese who had served his troops were in danger, he requested official permission to grant asylum to the Chinese. The majority of the Pershing’s Chinese refugees were sent to Fort Sam Houston…

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