An Insider’s Guide to the History of San Francisco’s Chinatown

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Renowned architect and Chinese American studies historian Philip P. Choy presents an insider’s guide to the history of San Francisco’s Chinatown in his newest book:  San Francisco Chinatown: A Guide to Its History.

Choy will lead a lecture and slide presentation in English on Saturday, October 27 at the Latino/Hispanic Community Meeting Room located inside the Main Library at 100 Larkin St. in San Francisco. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. A book sale and signing follows the speaking program.

San Francisco Chinatown is the first book of its kind–an “insider’s guide” to one of America’s most celebrated ethnic enclaves by an author born and raised there. The book details the triumphs and tragedies of the Chinese American experience in the United States. Both a history of America’s oldest Chinese community and a guide to its significant sites and architecture, San Francisco Chinatown traces the development of the neighborhood from the city’s earliest days to its post-quake transformation into an “oriental” tourist attraction as a pragmatic means of survival.

Featuring a building-by-building breakdown of the most significant sites in Chinatown, the guide is lavishly illustrated with historical and contemporary photographs and offers walking tours for tourists and locals alike.

Choy co-taught the nation’s first college level course in Chinese American history at San Francisco State University.

EVENT:  An Insider’s Guide to the History of San Francisco’s Chinatown

DATE:  Saturday, October 27, 2012

TIME:  11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

PLACE:  San Francisco Public Library

100 Larkin Street

Latino/Hispanic Community Meeting Room

San Francisco, CA 94102


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