First Generation Asian-American Citizens – MythBusters Claim #1

Claim 1 (p.6 ): “People born in Asia were not allowed to become American citizens….” (6).

When researching this claim, keep in mind two things: Asia includes many countries other than Japan, and the author is referring to the way things were in 1941, just prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Indicate one: this claim is TRUE – FALSE because this source:



that due to the Naturalization Act of 1709, anyone who was not a “free, white persons” could not become a citizen of the United States. In 1870, Congress amended the Naturalization Act and made it so “any alien, being a free white person who shall have resided within the limits and under the jurisdiction of the United States for a term of two years, may be admitted to become a citizen thereof” and any “aliens of African nativity and persons of African descent to become naturalized citizens”. However, Chinese (and any other Asian) could not become naturalized citizens. Many Asian Indian peoples were granted citizenship, but it was then revoked because Congress dictated that “white persons” meant people of the Caucasian race, not people of lighter skin and Western assimilation.

(15 points)


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