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Chew Lai – Alien Head Tax

Alien Head Tax Receipt
Alien Head Tax Receipt, 1930, Chinese Exclusion Act case files, RG 85, National Archives-Seattle, Chew Lai file, Seattle Box 869, Case 7032/26.

Chew Lai, age 38, arrived in Seattle on SS President Jefferson on 28 June 1930. His destination was New York City. He was charged $8 for the Alien Head Tax. [worth about $109 in 2015] He was originally admitted as the minor son of merchant, Chew Sun, in Seattle on the SS Princess Victoria on 6 September 1909.