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The Children of ChinatownGrowing Up Chinese American in San Francisco, 1850-1920$
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Wendy Rouse Jorae

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780807833131

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807898581_jorae

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Wendy Rouse Jorae

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DOI:10.5149/9780807898581_jorae.7

This chapter examines the contributions and explores the lives of Chinese child laborers in nineteenth-century San Francisco. As a segment of the larger labor force, these children played a small but significant role in promoting California's economy. More importantly, Chinese child workers found themselves in the middle of the national conflict over the presence of Chinese laborers in California and the future of child labor. Continuing with the theme of previous chapters, this chapter examines how various forces promoted images of Chinese children at work that furthered political agendas. Using census data, oral histories, and autobiographies, this chapter explores how child workers coped with anti-Chinese hostility and considers the various factors resulting in the decline of child labor by the early twentieth century.

Keywords:   Chinese child laborers, San Francisco, labor force, national conflict, child labor, anti-Chinese hostility

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