San Francisco Chinatown

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  1. Chinatown San Francisco
    San Francisco
  2. The Chinatown 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. Wikipedia

San Francisco Chinatown: A Guide to Its History and Architecture

American Chinatown: A People's History of Five Neighborhoods

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

1848The first Chinese emigrants to California arrived in the brig Eagle, from Hongkong, in the month of February, 1848 -- two men and one woman
1849Gold discovered at Sutter's Mill near Coloma
1853Old 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.
1870California law passes against the importation of Chinese, Japanese, and "Mongolian" women for the purpose of prostitution
1870Anti-Chinese ordinances are passed in San Francisco to reduce their housing and employment options.
1873Chinese Congregational Church and Chinese United Methodist Church are established
1875Page Law bars Asian prostitutes, felons, and contract laborers
1880US and China sign arrangement giving the US the privilege to restrain however "not completely disallow" Chinese migration. California's Civil Code passes hostile to miscegination 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.
1900Tung Wah Dispensary opens in Chinatown
1906San Francisco earthquake and fire. True Sunshine Episcopal is established.
1908Chinese Chamber of Commerce formed.
1911Chinatown YMCA is established
1916Chinatown YWCA is established
1921Chinatown Public Library opens.
1924The "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.
1925The Nam Kue School is built. Tung Wah Dispensary is relocated and renamed Chinese Hospital.
1927The Chinese Playground is built
1940English-Language Newspaper for Chinatown
1963Chinese Historical Society of America founded
1966 First Miss Teen Chinatown Pageant
1982First Chinese American women seen regularly on national television
1987Chinese Grace Church is established.
1988San Francisco Evangelical Free Church is established.
1998Commodore Stockton Elementary School was renamed Gordon J. Lau Elementary School in honor of the late civic leader and advocate for the Chinese community
2011Mayor Edwin Lee elected as first Chinese American mayor in San Francisco's history