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CHAS. F. PIDGIN, Chief.
18 Post OFFICE SQUARE.
MASSACHUSETTS LABOR BULLETIN.
THE CHINESE IN MASSACHUSETTS.
The number of Chinese in Massachusetts in 1870 was 87; in 1875, 278; in 1880, 229; in 1885, 432; in 1890, 984; in 1895, 1,672 ; and in 1900, 2,968. A better indication of the relations of the Chinese population to the total number of inhabitants may be derived from the following statement, which shows the proportion of the Chinese to each ten thousand of the population : In 1870, there was one Chinaman to each ten thousand of the population ; in 1875, two; in 1880, one; in 1885, two; in 1890, four; in 1895, seven; in 1900, 11.
The most marked increase is shown in 1900 as compared with 1895, but it would be readily acknowledged that their presence in the community is noticeable, not from the fact of their number, which is very small, but from their Asiatic origin, their personal appearance, their Oriental dress, and their peculiar habits and mode of living. A few of them have eschewed the distinguishing badges of their nationality, but the majority still retain their peculiar characteristics, and stand out prominently, an anomalous feature as compared with their surroundings.
The popular impression that the Chinese are chiefly engaged in laundry work will be fully sustained by an inspection of the table which follows, in which the occupations of the Chinese in Massachusetts are given in detail. At the same time, it will be of interest to the reader to learn that the Chinese are not exclusively devoted to laundry work, but have made their way into other branches of employment.