A trip through Chinese American history

ESCAPE TO GOLD MOUNTAIN: A GRAPHIC HISTORY OF THE CHINESE IN NORTH AMERICA By David H.T. Wong (Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press, 2012, 256 pp., $19.95, paperback) The Chinese American experience goes back nearly two centuries in history. They faced many instances of racial discrimination, most notably blatant racist laws such as the Chinese Exclusion Act. […]

Exhibit focuses on Heinlenville, San Jose’s last Chinatown

SAN JOSE — The Japanese American Museum of San Jose will unveil a new exhibit, “Common Ground: Chinatown and Japantown, San Jose,” on Saturday, Sept. 22 at 10 a.m. The exhibit will center on the history of Heinlenville, which is known as San Jose’s last Chinatown and today’s Japantown. The event will highlight the stories […]

Chinatown death triggers worries about isolated elders

A tragedy happened in San Francisco’s Chinatown in mid-April. Yee-Shui Mar, age 91, fell from a window in her apartment building. The Chinese-language newspaper Sing Tao Daily reported that Mar, who was from Taishan City in Guangdong province, lived alone. She had a married daughter and grandchildren living elsewhere. Mar’s neighbors told Sing Tao that […]

Sacramento Obon boasts large attendance

Obon festivals take place at various Japanese Buddhist temples every summer, bringing together Japanese Americas, as well as some intrigued locals, increasing attendance levels for Obon festivals each year. Not only does the Buddhist Church of Sacramento have the largest church membership within the Buddhist Churches of America, it also has up to almost 700 Japanese American […]

Shirley Fong-Torres, San Francisco Chinatown’s culinary queen, dies at 64

Shirley Fong-Torres, renowned San Franciscan travel writer and chef, passed away at the age of 64 after a bout with leukemia. She was hospitalized in April for treatment and was briefly released to recover at home. However, she went into relapse and passed away on June 18, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. San Francisco’s Asian […]

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