People's History of Chinatown



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"This Chinatown is over a hundred years old, and it's the eighth site for Chinatown. The earlier Chinatowns were much more short-lived, and some were destroyed due to racism."

Lynette Lee




"Despite the vicious racial prejudice, my family and other early pioneers persisted in their belief that working hard and fighting for their rights, honoring their cultural identity, and building their community would keep their hope for a better future for their children."
Evangeline Buell


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I think we have a lot to be proud of here in Oakland Chinatown and all of our various different communities can plant a stake here.

Lillian Galedo