In Search of Greener Pastures

Pallas like Bata or Nike or Adidas is the brand name of shoes right? Not exactly! One could just be talking about a ship! In 1785, a trade vessel called Pallas from Canton dropped anchor in Baltimore. Three Chinese in the crew of the China trade vessel became the first recorded Chinese arrivals in America. Now, it makes me wonder about the unrecorded arrivals especially when we think of the vast number of not just Chinese but other immigrants who weather stormy weather to search for greener pastures in foreign countries. Just the other day, eight Chinese nationals from Pingtan County in East China's Fujian Province were reported to have been taken hostage by insurgents who are said to be fighters from the Movement of the Islamic Resistance Nuamaan Brigade in Iraq. The Klu Klux Klan(KKK), a militant organization in the United States which advocates white supremacy and had a record of terrorism, violence and lynching to intimidate especially African Americans did not exist until 1865. The earlier three immigrants in Baltimore could probably had a better time!


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