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Alien Land Act

Updated on November 27, 2017

For this blog I will be bringing up the topic of Alien Land Act and how conflict theory can be related to the Alien Land Act. According to Healey, J. F., & OBrien, E. (2015) has stated that this act was passed by California legislature to make immigrants not able to be eligible for citizenship which also cause the immigrants not able to own their own land, the main immigrants that they were focus on for this act was Asians (261). I do feel like they were not being treated fairly compared to the other immigrants those who were able to receive some amount of land. The best theory that I do feel like is able to explain the unfairness of Asian immigrants getting treated this way would be the conflict theory. Conflict theory is when there is a social or a material inequality of a social group, and I feel like these immigrants were being taken the opportunity of getting land and they were being treated unequal.

The video that I chose is talks about the struggle and the impact the Alien Land Act had from one person who decided to speak for other Japanese who had an effect of this act. There were ways Asian immigrants would do to cheat the system which was using their children name to buy land since they were born here. I feel like this video not only explains the struggle they had but also shows more of a one on one feeling of this man story, I do feel like this video does show the perspective of an immigrant struggling to get land to support his family and the show the reason why they came here.

For the first website I found shows the some background information of the early laws and how it effect those people and also it gives a better understanding of the Alien Land Act and why it was so significant. I feel like this link is able to give more background information of earlier laws and what was the reason and what was the effect of it at the end. The link to the website is The second link to a website talks about the white supremacy and the Alien Land Act of Washington state. This link gives more information of where the Alien Land Act came from and why it was made. It also brings up information about the anti-Japanese racism and the second wave of the Alien Land act, also talks about other legal battles that has impacted immigrants to have the rights to land. I do think that this website brings many information than the other link because it shows you more of the other steps that were taken and shows how they tried to work things out for them to receive the rights to land. The link to the website is

The first article is about California Alien Land Act of 1913 and how the contradictions of the early twentieth-century racial thoughts were. According to Van Nuys, F. (1994), has stated that the Alien Land Act was made for Asian immigrants but the focus of was the Japanese. This article does give a perspective of the political party and what their thoughts were based off this act of not allowing immigrants the right to land and how they were more concern of targeting Japanese’s. For the second article it is about the property relations based off the alien land law and that Filipinos were aliens and not eligible to citizenship. According to Pido, E. (2015), has stated that Filipinos are categorized as Asians and that they are automatically listed as one of the immigrants who are not allowed to receive land. This article explains more of the different perspective of an Asian group that was affected by this law.


Healey, J. F., & OBrien, E. (2015). Race, ethnicity, gender, & class: the sociology of group conflict and change. Los Angeles: Sage.

Pido, E. (2015). Property relations: Alien land laws and the racial formation of Filipinos as aliens ineligible to citizenship. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 1-18.

Van Nuys, F. (1994). A Progressive Confronts the Race Question: Chester Rowell, the California Alien Land Act of 1913, and the Contradictions of Early Twentieth-Century Racial Thought. California History, 73(1), 2-13.


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