It's not a pretty history.
But, two California legislators say, it's time to admit it and apologize for how Chinese immigrants were treated during and after the Gold Rush.
Assemblymen Paul Fong and Kevin de Leon are sponsoring a resolution that recognizes Chinese laborers for mining ore, building levees to create farmland and constructing -- at great peril and for less pay than whites -- 80 percent of the western half of the transcontinental railroad.
While the Chinese toiled, the assemblymen say, California's 19th-century politicians passed law after law segregating the Chinese and, when their labor was no longer in high demand, tried to drive them out.
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