Chinese immigrant women arrived in America's West in the mid nineteenth century. Their arrival marked the beginning of Chinese American women in the United States of America . They left very few documents of their own. They were assumed to have followed the Chinese men to the West after the gold rush to serve the men. A majoritity of them were called "One Hundred Men's Wives" or prostitutes . In the Western construction and conceptualization of Chinese women of this particular time, they have been portrayed as victims of patriarchy and the capitalist system.