A collection of photographs primarily
of Los Angeles' Old Chinatown and portraits of its Chinese residents, dating from
approximately 1881 to 1910.
Old Chinatown refers to the original Chinatown of Los Angeles, which thrived mainly from
1890 to 1910, before it was largely cleared in the 1930s for the building of Union Station
and other civic development. In 1938, New Chinatown opened several blocks away in downtown
Los Angeles.American author Lisa See was born in Paris in 1955 but grew up in Los Angeles. She lived
with her mother, author Carolyn See, but spent much of her time with her father's family in
Chinatown. Her first book, "On Gold Mountain: The One-Hundred-Year Odyssey of a
Chinese-American Family" (1995) tells the story of her great-grandfather, Fong See, who
eventually became the godfather of Los Angeles' Chinatown.
4.97 Linear Feet
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