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Photographs related to the New China Club Casino in Reno, Nevada and the Bay Area Golf Club of Oakland, California
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Materials consist primarily of black-and-white photographs related to the New China Club of Reno, Nevada, and the Bay Area Golf Club of Oakland, California. The New China Club photos include images of Bill Fong, the Fong Open, African American contestants participating in Fong's Keno Queen beauty contest, and African American golfing contestants and winners. The Bay Area Golf club photos includes images of black golfers, both male and female. Also includes newspaper clippings and photos on scrapbook pages.
The New China Club was opened in 1952 by Bill Fong, a Chinese immigrant to the United States who had learned the gambling trade in Macao and soon after emigrated to the US and served in the army during the Second World War. The casino operated until the end of 1971. When Fong opened his club, African-Americans and Asian-Americans were not allowed into the big casinos of Nevada. Fong catered to this market and was one of the first, if not the very first, to do so in Reno. Fong operated the first legal fan-tan and pai-gow games in the state. Fong also began the Fong Open golfing tournament to give Asian and African Americans gamblers a chance to play golf in Reno for a real casino event. The second part of this archive concerns the African American Bay Area Golf Club in Oakland, California. The Bay Area Golf Club was part of the Western Sates Golf Association and their course was in Oakland. The Western Sates Golf Association was one of the oldest predominately African American golfing organizations in the country, founded in 1953 to promote and advance the interest of African Americans in the world of golf.
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