Americans have been scapegoating Chinese workers almost as long as the U.S. has been a country

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"For almost 200 years, oftentimes racist resentment of Chinese workers in the U.S. has been a fact of American life," writes Dan Kopf, who notes that the first major wave of immigrants from China, who arrived starting in the 1850s, "were blamed for stealing jobs and driving down wages, and were not welcomed by trade unions."