San Francisco's Chinatown

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Arcadia Publishing, 2006 - History - 127 pages
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San Francisco's Chinatown—the oldest, largest, and most famous Chinese enclave outside of Asia—is more than a tourist attraction. Since its birth in the 1850s, Chinatown has also been a residential neighborhood, business community, and cultural center for generations of Chinese Americans. This collection of vintage photographs, taken from public archives and private collections, looks beyond the facade of Chinatown to show the realities of daily life, including a community's struggle for survival against racial hostility, exclusion laws, two major earthquakes, and urban renewal. The images of ordinary people working, shopping, and socializing in Chinatown, combined with the changing streetscape, historic landmarks, and significant cultural and political events, are organized into three historical periods, providing a panoramic view of community transformation from the gold rush to the present day. San Francisco's Chinatown—the oldest, largest, and most famous Chinese enclave outside of Asia—is more than a tourist attraction. Since its birth in the 1850s, Chinatown has also been a residential neighborhood, business community, and cultural center for generations of Chinese Americans. This collection of vintage photographs, taken from public archives and private collections, looks beyond the facade of Chinatown to show the realities of daily life, including a community's struggle for survival against racial hostility, exclusion laws, two major earthquakes, and urban renewal. The images of ordinary people working, shopping, and socializing in Chinatown, combined with the changing streetscape, historic landmarks, and significant cultural and political events, are organized into three historical periods, providing a panoramic view of community transformation from the gold rush to the present day.
  

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Contents

Acknowledgments
6
19061945
43
19452000
81
Chinatown Today
119
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About the author (2006)

Historian Judy Yung, a native of San Francisco's Chinatown and the author of Unbound Feet: A Social History of Chinese Women in San Francisco, has teamed up with the Chinese Historical Society of America to tell an insider's story that reveals how a place visitors see as foreign and exotic is, in fact, a vibrant Chinese American neighborhood with a complex history and rich cultural legacy.

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