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For New Zealand-Chinese, global rise in anti-Asian hate a painful reminder of past wounds

It wasn’t so long ago that New Zealand officially did away with a law designed to exclude the ethnic Chinese community.The government in 1944 axed the Chinese Immigration Act, a measure established in 1881 at the height of anti-Chinese sentiment that saw restrictions including a poll tax of £10 – later raised to £100 (worth about US$14,000 today) – levelled on ethnic Chinese entering New Zealand. They were also denied naturalisation rights and kept out of welfare or pension schemes, among other…

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