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America's first Chinatown captured in 19th century photos

America's first Chinatown captured in 19th century photos | Chinese American history | Scoop.it
Chinatown in San Francisco was established in 1848, but was destroyed by an earthquake and a series of fires in 1906. It was later re-built and continues to thrive today.
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Some photographs of everyday life in early Chinatown in San Francisco before and after the 1906 earthquake and fire.
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City of San Bernardino - Chinatown

City of San Bernardino - Chinatown | Chinese American history | Scoop.it
Early Chinatown, San Bernardino, CA
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"According to author/historian Richard Thompson, in his article, The Founding of San Bernardino's Chinatown, published in 1978, the first Chinese arrived in this area in August of 1867. The U.S. census records for 1870 indicated there were 16 young males. The oldest was Ah Wing at age 31 and the youngest was Jim Kang at 19. Their occupations were listed as laundry men, cooks, and houseboys.

In its heyday during the late 1890's, San Bernardino's Chinatown boasted between 400 and 600 residents. In addition to rather crudely constructed wooden "shack" homes, there were a number of business establishments as well. These included groceries, restaurants, and mercantile shops. 

 Some of the residents were farmers who raised vegetables east of Waterman Avenue. From "Chinese Gardens" they peddled their produce in carts. Janet Miles reminisced about the Chinese farmers in The Memoirs of Janet Miles: San Bernardino 1901-1994, written in 1994.
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"According to author/historian Richard Thompson, in his article, The Founding of San Bernardino's Chinatown, published in 1978, the first Chinese arrived in this area in August of 1867. The U.S. census records for 1870 indicated there were 16 young males. The oldest was Ah Wing at age 31 and the youngest was Jim Kang at 19. Their occupations were listed as laundry men, cooks, and houseboys.
 
In its heyday during the late 1890's, San Bernardino's Chinatown boasted between 400 and 600 residents. In addition to rather crudely constructed wooden "shack" homes, there were a number of business establishments as well. These included groceries, restaurants, and mercantile shops. 
 
 Some of the residents were farmers who raised vegetables east of Waterman Avenue. From "Chinese Gardens" they peddled their produce in carts. Janet Miles reminisced about the Chinese farmers in The Memoirs of Janet Miles: San Bernardino 1901-1994, written in 1994.
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Auburn once had a thriving Chinatown | Auburn Journal

Auburn once had a thriving Chinatown | Auburn Journal | Chinese American history | Scoop.it
Local auburn news. Latest Current News. Breaking News, Local newspaper's online edition with news, classifieds, and editorials.
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Auburn, in the Gold rush country of California, had a Chinatown that served the Chinese in the region, but today there are no more laundries or grocery stores selling specialty goods from China along with the usual grocery offerings, and the Shanghai Bar and restaurant, the last Chinese-owned business in what was once Auburn’s Chinatown, closed its doors in 2005

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Flood bypass eradicates last vestige of Napa's Chinatown

Flood bypass eradicates last vestige of Napa's Chinatown | Chinese American history | Scoop.it
The last vestige of Napa's long-gone Chinatown -- a spit of land at the juncture of the Napa River and Napa Creek in downtown -- is about to unceremoniously disappear.
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The remains of what was once the "Chinatown" of Napa, a small northern California town, is about to vanish into history as a flood bypass will erase it.  This newspaper account gives a history of this Chinese community from it early days in the late 19th century. Article is accompanied by several photographs and drawings of the Chinese of Napa.

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Chinatown: Immigrants In America | Watch the Film Free Online | SnagFilms

Chinatown: Immigrants In America | Watch the Film Free Online | SnagFilms | Chinese American history | Scoop.it
Each year some 20,000 Chinese immigrants arrive in New York from Taiwan and Hong Kong. Though few speak English, all know one word--"Chinatown"--the most crowded neighborhood in New York City.
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WNET New York documentary depicts the difficult lives of Chinese immigrants in Chinatown. Long work hours, low pay, high rents, substandard housing are major problems.  Although filmed in NYC in 1976, the issues still hold true for the newer immigrants in many 'Chinatowns.' Film shows the Chinatown that the tourists never see or would want to know about.  (note: the film does have several commercialss, but the film is well worth viewing as it is a graphic depiction of the conditions that the immigrants suffer daily.

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From Ventura’s China Town to the Jue Family Dynasty

From Ventura’s China Town to the Jue Family Dynasty | Chinese American history | Scoop.it
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A success story of Walton  and Bob Jue, Chinese immigrants in Ventura, CA., who established a landmark grocery store in the community. 
 "Jue’s Market was the second grocery in Ventura after Peirano’s and became a veritable landmark. The annual fair parade was a real event at the store and the accompanying picture shows Walton with the Budweiser Clydesdales sometime during the 1950s. Jue’s Market business was sold in 2001 after all the decades of serving farmers, customers and the city itself. The Jue family and the branches brought forth from that original root have accomplished many successes in academics and business and have earned friendship and respect from the city and beyond."
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Encyclopedia of San Francisco

Encyclopedia of San Francisco | Chinese American history | Scoop.it
Searchable index of San Francisco history. Features include a Timeline, Biography of the Day and Today in San Francisco History.
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Story of Donaldina Cameron, the larger than life rescuer of countless Chinese girls and women who were sex slaves in the early 20th century San Francisco Chinatown.
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Researching Olympia – Contents | Olympia Historical Society and Bigelow House Museum

Researching Olympia – Contents | Olympia Historical Society and Bigelow House Museum | Chinese American history | Scoop.it
Articles Bibliography Chinese Olympia Image Bibliography Links to other helpful sites Transcriptions Where Are
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An exemplary historical society site from Olympia, Washington that includes much material on the Chinese pioneers of the region.  The content is arranged into several useful topics:

Chinese OlympiaEchtle: Olympia's Historic Chinese CommunityOlympia's Historic Chinese CommunityOlympia's Historic Chinese Community - ChinatownsOlympia's Historic Chinese Community - Chinese CemeteryOlympia's Historic Chinese Community - FamiliesOlympia's Historic Chinese Community - Interpretive MarkerOlympia's Historic Chinese Community - LaundriesOlympia's Historic Chinese Community - LinksOlympia's Historic Chinese Community - Market GardensOlympia's Historic Chinese Community - Origins and Early ArrivalsOlympia's Historic Chinese Community - RestaurantsOlympia's Historic Chinese History - Railroads and Riots
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Dime Novels: Old and Young King Brady, Secret Service in Chinatown

Dime Novels: Old and Young King Brady, Secret Service in Chinatown | Chinese American history | Scoop.it
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Dime Novels, a forerunner of pulp fiction, were popular media in the early 1900s. One of the most popular was Old and Young King Brady, two detectives whose stock in trade was to solve crimes in Chinatown, usually rescuing slave girls in opium dens run by tongs. This site shows 65 such issues related to this general theme.  They had a negative influence on the image of Chinese and Chinatown.

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Oakland Chinatown History Overview

Stories of Oakland, California, Chinatown and Chinese Americans who grew up in the 1910s and 1920s, a lost generation in Chinese American history.
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Author and journalist William Wong created this site on the Oakland, CA. Chinatown history. Included are personal narratives from many Chinese who reside in the area.

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