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San Francisco Chinatown

Chinatown San Francisco

Chinatown San Francisco is centered on Grant Avenue and Stockton Street in San Francisco, California, is the oldest Chinatown in North America and the largest Chinese community outside Asia.
It is the oldest of the four notable Chinatowns in the city. 

Chinatown San Fran
San Francisco Chinatown
China Live, San Francisco Chinatown
fresh fish in chinatown san francisco
One of several fish vendors in Chinatown San Fran
The oldest standing and functioning dim sum house in America. Hang Ah Tea Room brings (香雅)Chinese tea and dim sum to San Francisco since 1920.
 Hang Ah Tea Room. San Francisco since 1920
The oldest functioning dim sum house in America. Hang Ah Tea Room. San Francisco since 1920
1848 The first Chinese emigrants to California arrived in the brig Eagle, from Hong Kong, in the month of February, 1848 — two men and one woman
1849 Gold discovered at Sutter’s Mill near Coloma
1853 Old St. Mary’s Church erected. Presbyterian Church in Chinatown is the first Asian church in North America.
1859 “The Chinese School” was created. Chinese children were assigned to this “Chinese only” school. They were not permitted into any other public schools in San Francisco.
1870 California law passes against the importation of Chinese, Japanese, and “Mongolian” women for the purpose of prostitution
1870 Anti-Chinese ordinances are passed in San Francisco to reduce their housing and employment options.
1873 Chinese Congregational Church and Chinese United Methodist Church are established
1875  Page Law bars Asian prostitutes, felons, and contract laborers
1880 US and China sign arrangement giving the US the privilege to restrain however “not completely disallow” Chinese migration. California’s Civil Code passes hostile to miscegenation law. First Chinese Baptist Church established.
1885 The “Chinese School” was renamed the” Oriental School,” so that Chinese, Korean, and Japanese students could be assigned to the school.
1900 Tung Wah Dispensary opens in Chinatown
1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire. True Sunshine Episcopal is established.
1908 Chinese Chamber of Commerce formed.
1911 Chinatown YMCA is established
1916 Chinatown YWCA is established
1921 Chinatown Public Library opens.
1924 The “Oriental School” was renamed Commodore Stockton School. Alice FongYu was the first Chinese teacher. Students were barred from speaking Chinese in school or on the playground.
1925 The Nam Kue School is built. Tung Wah Dispensary is relocated and renamed Chinese Hospital.
1927 The Chinese Playground is built
1940 English-Language Newspaper for Chinatown
1963 Chinese Historical Society of America founded
1966 First Miss Teen Chinatown Pageant
1982 First Chinese American women seen regularly on national television
1987 Chinese Grace Church is established.
1988 San Francisco Evangelical Free Church is established.
1998 Commodore Stockton Elementary School was renamed Gordon J. Lau Elementary School in honor of the late civic leader and advocate for the Chinese community
2011 Mayor Edwin Lee elected as first Chinese American mayor in San Francisco’s history
fruit, vegetables herbs, chinatown San Francisco
Fruit and Vegetable store in Chinatown San Francisco

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