The Civil Rights Act of 1964 opened the doors to the Fair Housing Act of 1968. Malvina Reynolds’ hit record, “Little Boxes,” poked fun at the uniformity of the booming suburban sprawl. Many Asian-Americans would call the suburban town of Westlake home in the decades after. – Photo: Robert A. Isaacs
by Kheven LaGrone&
After years of fighting and dying, the Black Civil Rights Movement culminated with the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It’s a landmark in African-American, as well as American, history. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex and national origin. This led to the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, which removed discrimination in America’s immigration policy. It opened the doors for many more Asians and non-Europeans to immigrate to America. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 also led to the Fair Housing Act (1968). This act prohibited racial and ethnic discrimination when buying or selling a house.&
These acts removed barriers to Asians, as well as African-Americans, and allowed Daly City’s Asian community to blossom. According to the Bay Area Census in 1960, Asians were only 1.4% of Daly City’s population; only 9.3% of Daly City’s population was foreign...