San Francisco's Chinatown


(Cherny, Issel. San Francisco, 1865-1932)

Chinatown ran along three major streets, Stockton, Dupont and Kearney, and was about six blocks long. Although they were newcomers to a foreign land, the Chinese continued to maintan traditional values and ways as they gradually established their own ethnic ghetto of Chinatown. Many Chinese immigrants served as factory workers or as other unskilled laborers, set up ethnically Chinese stores, or started their own businesses, especially in the restaurant industry. Although there was a Chinese hospital, the distrust of western things ran so deep that most Chinese only went to the hospital when death was unavoidable. (Portraits, 69) Many Chinese immigrants became wealthy and established lucrative companies and businesses after many years in San Francisco, especially merchants and dealers of ethnic Chinese goods. Often the wealthy members of Chinatown were able to utilize their economic standing to gain political power within the de facto government of their community. (Cherny, San Francisco, 1865-1932).


Wealthy Chinese merchants whose economic power secured political power for them in the government of Chinatown


(Cherny, Issel. San Francisco, 1865 - 1932)



Chinatown Today




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