Chinese Americans’ presence in the United States became prevalent in the 1840s. In 1882 the Chinese Exclusion Act was passed. This essay explores the reason behind this phenomenon through the lens of Floyd Cheung’s article journal, Anxious and Ambivalent: blah blah blah of Chinese Americans. Through images from digital archives, other journal articles, and a book that explores the identity of White Americans during this era. Through image analysis, the essay supports the argument that animosity towards Chinese Americans stem from the threat of reduced masculinity of white Americans. Popular notion dictates that economic and cultural reasons were behind the disparity between the two ethnicities. However, this essay shows that it was a more subtle factor that led to the Chinese Exclusion Act.