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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | April 9, 2006
NEW YORK -- They all journeyed to America on the Golden Venture, a rusty freighter crammed with 286 Chinese immigrants when it ran aground off Queens on the night of June 6, 1993. But a father of three who was seeking asylum from China's one-child policy was deported back and forcibly sterilized. A teenager seeking adventure became a U.S. citizen and proud owner of a New Jersey restaurant praised for its translucent dumplings. And a man who swam the last 300 yards through cold, rough surf was suddenly ordered a decade later to report for deportation, with a warning to bring no more than 44 pounds of luggage, though by then he had his own business and two children born in New York.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | April 9, 2006
NEW YORK -- They all journeyed to America on the Golden Venture, a rusty freighter crammed with 286 Chinese immigrants when it ran aground off Queens on the night of June 6, 1993. But a father of three who was seeking asylum from China's one-child policy was deported back and forcibly sterilized. A teenager seeking adventure became a U.S. citizen and proud owner of a New Jersey restaurant praised for its translucent dumplings. And a man who swam the last 300 yards through cold, rough surf was suddenly ordered a decade later to report for deportation, with a warning to bring no more than 44 pounds of luggage, though by then he had his own business and two children born in New York.
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By Newsday | December 20, 1993
YORK, Pa. -- Dozens of undocumented Chinese immigrants who are in jail here are rushing to get baptized as Christians, even though most are Buddhists, in a misguided bid to gain freedom as legal immigrants."
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By Howard Henry Chen and Howard Henry Chen,Sun Staff Writer | July 18, 1994
York, Pa. -- Throughout history, political protest, sustained tyranny and incarceration have sparked some of the most moving, most telling episodes of the human condition.Anne Frank kept a diary while hiding from Nazis. Africans laid the musical groundwork for gospel and jazz while enslaved. Martin Luther King Jr. penned "Letter From a Birmingham Jail" while imprisoned, and Gerry Conlon started "Proved Innocent" in an English gaol.Now add to that list a lesser-known testament to the legacy of art borne of oppression: eagles, made from crude materials, crafted by men here who believe the bird symbolizes this country's full and everlasting promise of freedom.
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By New York Times News Service | June 7, 1993
NEW YORK -- A tramp steamer smuggling hundreds of illegal Chinese immigrants ran aground off a New York beach early yesterday, ending a 17,000-mile odyssey from the Far East in a nightmare of panic, chaos, death and capture within sight of the golden door.At least 7 people were killed and 16 were seriously injured, authorities said, as scores of terrified passengers leaped into the sea and tried to swim and wade ashore from the stricken 150-foot vessel, the Golden Venture, her keel fast on a sandbar 200 yards offshore near Jacob Riis Park on the Rockaway Peninsula.
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By Pam Belluck and Pam Belluck,Knight-Ridder News Service | August 22, 1993
Nearly 100 illegal Chinese immigrants who came ashore in June when the smuggling ship Golden Venture ran aground off New York are staging a hunger strike at a jail in York, Pa.The Chinese say the strike, which began Wednesday night, is to protest the fact that U.S. immigration judges have denied political asylum to almost every one of the immigrants who has had a hearing so far.The immigrants and their lawyers -- mostly volunteers -- say the hearings have...
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By Seth Faison and Seth Faison,New York Times News Service **TC | September 5, 1993
NEW YORK -- Lin Ping's long journey to America seemed to be over at dawn one Sunday in June, when he set foot on a beach in Queens County, a borough of New York City, after a frantic, freezing swim ashore from the Golden Venture, the aging freighter that ran aground off the Rockaway Peninsula after a trip halfway around the world.Even after being taken into custody, Mr. Lin says, he was thrilled to learn that his case would be heard in a court of law. He knew that thousands of Chinese before him had won the right to stay in the United States by saying they had been persecuted for violating China's strict one-child policy, and by saying that they faced fines or sentences in labor camps if they returned.
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By Knight-Ridder News Service | June 13, 1993
YORK, Pa. -- He was desperate to leave China, to flee the hardships of his home in Fujian province, to run from the repressive government that he said had forced his girlfriend to have an abortion and destroyed her house because she wanted a second baby.The way out was expensive for Ling Huei. The cost was $5,000 down and a promise to pay $24,000 later. But there would be even a higher price to pay for this illegal immigrant.There was a harrowing 100-day ride in a ship called the Golden Venture, with nearly 300 other Chinese men and women -- crammed onto wooden benches, given only a few sips of water each day, forced to brave such severe storms that Mr. Ling wasn't sure they would survive.
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By Howard Henry Chen and Howard Henry Chen,Sun Staff Writer | July 18, 1994
York, Pa. -- Throughout history, political protest, sustained tyranny and incarceration have sparked some of the most moving, most telling episodes of the human condition.Anne Frank kept a diary while hiding from Nazis. Africans laid the musical groundwork for gospel and jazz while enslaved. Martin Luther King Jr. penned "Letter From a Birmingham Jail" while imprisoned, and Gerry Conlon started "Proved Innocent" in an English gaol.Now add to that list a lesser-known testament to the legacy of art borne of oppression: eagles, made from crude materials, crafted by men here who believe the bird symbolizes this country's full and everlasting promise of freedom.
NEWS
By A. M. Rosenthal | June 9, 1993
LET them in, those heroes from China, those men and wome who sought the beautiful land, let them out of detention as swiftly as possible and then treat them with the courtesy, dignity and respect their brave hearts merit -- that is what America should do for its own soul's sake.Worry later about the fears of our poor little country being swamped by hordes of refugees. But right now, how I hope that the mayor of New York City will walk down Broadway to City Hall with them, and tell them to come and see him personally if anybody tries to squeeze blackmail money out of their foul months at sea.And Governor Cuomo, Senators D'Amato and Moynihan and candidate Giuliani -- if by chance all the parents or grandparents who preceded you to America had impeccable documentation and you can feel aloof from illegals, just give me a ring and I will tell you about less fortunate Irish and Italians who climbed over the bureaucratic barriers in the past few years and are now helping make this a better city.
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By Newsday | December 20, 1993
YORK, Pa. -- Dozens of undocumented Chinese immigrants who are in jail here are rushing to get baptized as Christians, even though most are Buddhists, in a misguided bid to gain freedom as legal immigrants."
NEWS
By Seth Faison and Seth Faison,New York Times News Service **TC | September 5, 1993
NEW YORK -- Lin Ping's long journey to America seemed to be over at dawn one Sunday in June, when he set foot on a beach in Queens County, a borough of New York City, after a frantic, freezing swim ashore from the Golden Venture, the aging freighter that ran aground off the Rockaway Peninsula after a trip halfway around the world.Even after being taken into custody, Mr. Lin says, he was thrilled to learn that his case would be heard in a court of law. He knew that thousands of Chinese before him had won the right to stay in the United States by saying they had been persecuted for violating China's strict one-child policy, and by saying that they faced fines or sentences in labor camps if they returned.
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By Pam Belluck and Pam Belluck,Knight-Ridder News Service | August 22, 1993
Nearly 100 illegal Chinese immigrants who came ashore in June when the smuggling ship Golden Venture ran aground off New York are staging a hunger strike at a jail in York, Pa.The Chinese say the strike, which began Wednesday night, is to protest the fact that U.S. immigration judges have denied political asylum to almost every one of the immigrants who has had a hearing so far.The immigrants and their lawyers -- mostly volunteers -- say the hearings have...
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By Knight-Ridder News Service | June 13, 1993
YORK, Pa. -- He was desperate to leave China, to flee the hardships of his home in Fujian province, to run from the repressive government that he said had forced his girlfriend to have an abortion and destroyed her house because she wanted a second baby.The way out was expensive for Ling Huei. The cost was $5,000 down and a promise to pay $24,000 later. But there would be even a higher price to pay for this illegal immigrant.There was a harrowing 100-day ride in a ship called the Golden Venture, with nearly 300 other Chinese men and women -- crammed onto wooden benches, given only a few sips of water each day, forced to brave such severe storms that Mr. Ling wasn't sure they would survive.
NEWS
By A. M. Rosenthal | June 9, 1993
LET them in, those heroes from China, those men and wome who sought the beautiful land, let them out of detention as swiftly as possible and then treat them with the courtesy, dignity and respect their brave hearts merit -- that is what America should do for its own soul's sake.Worry later about the fears of our poor little country being swamped by hordes of refugees. But right now, how I hope that the mayor of New York City will walk down Broadway to City Hall with them, and tell them to come and see him personally if anybody tries to squeeze blackmail money out of their foul months at sea.And Governor Cuomo, Senators D'Amato and Moynihan and candidate Giuliani -- if by chance all the parents or grandparents who preceded you to America had impeccable documentation and you can feel aloof from illegals, just give me a ring and I will tell you about less fortunate Irish and Italians who climbed over the bureaucratic barriers in the past few years and are now helping make this a better city.
NEWS
By New York Times News Service | June 7, 1993
NEW YORK -- A tramp steamer smuggling hundreds of illegal Chinese immigrants ran aground off a New York beach early yesterday, ending a 17,000-mile odyssey from the Far East in a nightmare of panic, chaos, death and capture within sight of the golden door.At least 7 people were killed and 16 were seriously injured, authorities said, as scores of terrified passengers leaped into the sea and tried to swim and wade ashore from the stricken 150-foot vessel, the Golden Venture, her keel fast on a sandbar 200 yards offshore near Jacob Riis Park on the Rockaway Peninsula.
NEWS
June 13, 1993
The dramatic beaching of a tramp steamer carrying nearl 300 Chinese on New York City's oceanfront again forces this nation to contemplate the sordid side of immigration. Lured by the promise of a better life, the illegal migrants paid supersonic jet fares for a sea voyage crammed in a freighter's hold reminiscent of an 18th century slave ship. They were victimized by their own dreams, predatory smugglers and, to some extent, the erratic enforcement of U.S. immigration laws.Predictably, the incident has stimulated calls for a crackdown on illegal immigration, just three years after U.S. laws were relaxed in favor of a more rational policy.
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By KELLY BREWINGTON and KELLY BREWINGTON,SUN REPORTER | December 5, 2005
YORK, Pa. -- They set out for the life-risking journey like generations of immigrants past. One says she escaped an abusive husband in Saudi Arabia, another fled torture in China and, all on his own, a mentally retarded 16-year-old from Guinea took flight after his political activist father was killed. Unlike many of their predecessors, their introduction to America was by way of a jail cell - the result of 1996 law sending tens of thousands of asylum-seekers to U.S. detention centers, prisons and jails.
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