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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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Children of the New Chinatown

Children of the New Chinatown

(p.176) 6 Children of the New Chinatown
The Children of Chinatown

Wendy Rouse Jorae

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter argues that the Chinese American community had a vested interest in promoting a new image of Chinatown that countered the picture of disease and vice heralded in the press. This chapter examines how images of childhood proved essential to improving the reputation of Chinatown and encouraging tourism. At the same time, the children themselves grappled with a reality far removed from popular perception. These children created a dual identity as both Chinese and American. The 1906 earthquake and the 1911 Chinese Revolution sparked profound changes in Chinatown life. Although their parents made important decisions about the future of Chinatown and its inhabitants, the children ultimately defined what it meant to be Chinese American.

Keywords:   Chinese American community, Chinatown, disease, vice, childhood, tourism, dual identity

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