The House On Lemon Street

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The House On Lemon Street

Takao Ozawa v. United States, 260 U.S. 178In 1922, the United States Supreme Court had decided that Takao Ozawa, a Japanese man who filed for citizenship under the Naturalization Act of 1906, was ineligibile for naturalization. With this ruling in effect, Asian Americans were not allowed such citizenship. This had also strengthened and reaffirmed the U.S. immigration laws. Due to the 1960's, President Kennedy who had brought upon the civil rights movement, had ceased the policies against Asian Americans and allowed them to the citizenship they can take part in today. The Civil Rights Movement of the 1960's stopped Asiatic exclusion and the U.S. had authorized Asian immigration.

In 1882, the Chinese Exclusion act was established in the United States. This had banned Chinese immigration into the United States due to the worry of the Chinese taking factory jobs. The act was the first against a particular ethnic group.

California, Oregon, Washington, and other states had enacted laws that stated "aliens ineligible to citizenship" were not allowed to own land. This was directed to Japanese immigrants although it affected other immigrants as well.

The House On Lemon Street

In 1903, Jukichi Harada, a Japanese man, had moved to Los Angeles, California sailing away from Japan. Two years later he had brought his wife Ken and his son Masa Atsu and then moved to Riverside, California.

In 1913, the Alien Land Law, of which Jukichi was aware of, had been established. The law stated that non-citizens were prohibited from owning property in California. Harada had used his children who were born in the U.S. to bypass this law and claim ownership of the land.

In 1916, Harada was accused of using his children to keep property for his own benefit. This was a court case called Japan vs. America. Two years later, Judge Hugh H. Craig decided that Harada's children could not be denied their rights and are allowed to keep the property. However, in 1941, war broke out between Japan and the U.S., and had evicted the Harada Family to internment camps. After the war, Sumi, the youngest daughter, had returned to the house giving refuge to the Japanese who lived inside the camps.

Today, all such immigrants are allowed citizenship inside the U.S. Alien laws had vanished and freedom was ensued. All of this was caused due to the Civil Rights Movement which given by its name, allowed civil rights to all such as African Americans and Asian Americans.


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