Chinese American History: Photos

Wawona Hotel

Wawona Hotel

The Chinese served as cooks and laundry men in the Wawona Hotel. They also helped construct roads from Mariposa Grove to Yosemite Valley through Wawona, as well as Tioga Road which reaches 9945ft in elevation. Source: NPS

Dr. Wu Lien-Teh

Dr. Wu Lien-Teh

Photographic portrait of Dr Wu Lien Teh, director and chief medical officer of Plague Prevention Service. Wong, K.C. and Wu, Lien-Teh. Dr Wu Lien Teh. n.d., Photograph, Wellcome Collection, https://wellcomecollection.org/works/aa6ety53.

Lu Chi Fa

Lu Chi Fa

Owner of the Coffee Pot Restaurant in Morro Bay, CA, Chi Fa was an orphan who escaped to America from Communist China and he shares his bitter childhood experiences and desire to come to America in his autobiography, Double Luck: Memoirs of a Chinese Orphan Photo Courtesy of Elliot Gong

Photo I.D.

Photo I.D.

The Chinese were forced to carry a certificate of residency and photo I.D. Image Source: “San Luis Obispo ChinaTown- California's Gold (907).” Huell Howser Archives at Chapman University, 8 Sept. 2016, blogs.chapman.edu/huell-howser-archives/1998/01/08/san-luis-obispo-chinatown-californias-gold-907/.

Chong's Candy Store Plaque

Chong's Candy Store Plaque

Photo Courtesy of Emily Pan

Ah Louis Store - National Register of Historic Places

Ah Louis Store - National Register of Historic Places

Photo Courtesy of Emily Pan

Chinese Parade

Chinese Parade

Photo Courtesy of History Center of San Luis Obispo County

San Luis Obispo Weekly Tribune Headline

San Luis Obispo Weekly Tribune Headline

Community reactions to Chinese Exclusion Bill Image Courtesy of History center of San Luis Obispo County

Laguna Lake before 1890

Laguna Lake before 1890

Photo Courtesy of History Center of San Luis Obispo County

Denis Kearney

Denis Kearney

A California labor contractor known for his racist views against Chinese immigrants. Title: [Portrait of Denis Kearney.] Collection: California Faces: Selections from The Bancroft Library Portrait Collection Owning Institution: UC Berkeley, Bancroft Library Source: Calisphere Permalink: https://calisphere.org/item/ark:/13030/tf8v19p3dv/

Fred Louis in 1957

Fred Louis in 1957

Ah Louis' son Title: Fred Louis, c. 1957 Date: circa 1957 Collection: Louis Family Papers Owning Institution: California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo Source: Calisphere Permalink: https://calisphere.org/item/b799441c206b8d8632ecb7351269cb01/

Helen Louis in 1939

Helen Louis in 1939

Ah Louis' daughter Title: Helen Wong Louis c. 1939, undate Collection: Louis Family Papers Owning Institution: California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo Source: Calisphere Permalink: https://calisphere.org/item/e12a133cf807cd2aa02b12fe3ed594c0/

En Gon Ying Louis

En Gon Ying Louis

Ah Louis' wife Title: Louis, Gon Ying, no date Collection: Louis Family Papers Owning Institution: California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo Source: Calisphere Permalink: https://calisphere.org/item/b8ef57d79f64ff2c2341c492deb60d2b/

Letter of Recommendation from H. L. Kemper

Letter of Recommendation from H. L. Kemper

Title: Letter of recommendation from H. L. Kemper to Commissioner of Immigration and Naturalization, November 21, 1933 Date: 1933-11-21 Collection: Louis Family Papers Owning Institution: California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo Source: Cal Poly Link: https://digital.lib.calpoly.edu/rekl-9

From Apr. 15, 1896 Publication of The Evening Breeze

From Apr. 15, 1896 Publication of The Evening Breeze

Petition against Chinese merchants. San Luis Obispo Breeze, April 15, 1896

San Luis Obispo High School Football Team

San Luis Obispo High School Football Team

Title: San Luis Obispo High School Football Team. Paul Kurokawa 3rd upper right. Coach Frank Holt left : 1931 Date: 1931 Collection: Asian/Pacific - Americans on the Central Coast Owning Institution: Black Gold Cooperative Library System Source: Calisphere Permalink: https://calisphere.org/item/063796bb030ca71545bffa6e44c12a17/

Chinese Congregational Church

Chinese Congregational Church

Title: Chinese Congregational Church : 1006 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara ; Mr. McKinley, osteopath, was Sunday School teacher Date: circa 1900s Collection: Asian/Pacific - Americans on the Central Coast Owning Institution: Black Gold Cooperative Library System Source: Calisphere Permalink: https://calisphere.org/item/ark:/13030/c8x9293t/

Chinese Laborers Working on the Railroad

Chinese Laborers Working on the Railroad

Title: Chinese laborers working on the railroad Date: undated : circa 1860s - 1870s Collection: Asian/Pacific - Americans on the Central Coast Owning Institution: Black Gold Cooperative Library System Source: Calisphere Permalink: https://calisphere.org/item/c0042f93e4e96023f1e68e5484ece03b/

Chinese Workers at Limoneira Ranch in Santa Paula

Chinese Workers at Limoneira Ranch in Santa Paula

Title: Chinese workers at Limoneira Ranch, Santa Paula Date: undated : circa early 20th century Collection: Asian/Pacific - Americans on the Central Coast Owning Institution: Black Gold Cooperative Library System Source: Calisphere Permalink: https://calisphere.org/item/8775ec92b8ead76ed4daf0eee4d3db41/

Chinese New Year in the Early 1900s

Chinese New Year in the Early 1900s

Title: Chinese New Year, Joss House, 15 E. Canon Perdido, Santa Barbara : early 1900s Date: early 1900s Collection: Asian/Pacific - Americans on the Central Coast Owning Institution: Black Gold Cooperative Library System Source: Calisphere Permalink: https://calisphere.org/item/03db97d44532d4ba8a25e649711a1c82/

Ah Louis

Ah Louis

Title: Ah Louis of China, who became a highly respected citizen of San Luis Obispo. He passed away December 16, 1936, at 96 years of age Date: undated : circa 1920s Collection: Asian/Pacific - Americans on the Central Coast Owning Institution: Black Gold Cooperative Library System Source: Calisphere Permalink: https://calisphere.org/item/e4e5789d9b9bdf201a0a45a670d97b7f/

Ventura Chinatown in 1890

Ventura Chinatown in 1890

Title: Early Ventura's Chinatown : 1890 Date: 1890 Collection: Asian/Pacific - Americans on the Central Coast Owning Institution: Black Gold Cooperative Library System Source: Calisphere Permalink: https://calisphere.org/item/31ebc28216b1abac8f21fa08e017df35/

Old Chinatown; Ventura Mission in Background

Old Chinatown; Ventura Mission in Background

Title: Old Chinatown, Ventura Mission in background Date: undated : circa late 1880s Collection: Asian/Pacific - Americans on the Central Coast Owning Institution: Black Gold Cooperative Library System Source: Calisphere Permalink: https://calisphere.org/item/6f76997cf9757eac27ef3f0d63cd1991/

Chinese Fire Company at the 4th of July Parade in Ventura

Chinese Fire Company at the 4th of July Parade in Ventura

Title: Chinese Fire Company, Ventura Parade : July 4, 1874 Date: 1874 July 4 Collection: Asian/Pacific - Americans on the Central Coast Owning Institution: Black Gold Cooperative Library System Source: Calisphere Permalink: https://calisphere.org/item/7c14bf651dec1f4b37907b2cad11d291/

Chinese Laborer of Dudley Ranch in Ventura

Chinese Laborer of Dudley Ranch in Ventura

Title: Chinese laborer, Dudley Ranch, Ventura Date: undated Collection: Asian/Pacific - Americans on the Central Coast Owning Institution: Black Gold Cooperative Library System Source: Calisphere Permalink: https://calisphere.org/item/6b14262b0f3598d006515419fcda2864/

Chinese Building the Railroad

Chinese Building the Railroad

Chinese laborers building the railroad through the most difficult terrain between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Title: Building the railroad from surf to Gaviota was no easy task for the Chinese brought here to accomplish the job Date: circa 1900 Collection: Asian/Pacific - Americans on the Central Coast Owning Institution: Black Gold Cooperative Library System Source: Calisphere Permalink: https://calisphere.org/item/ark:/13030/c8th8kgg/

Chinese Couple, Head Cook of Ojai's Thacher School in 1906

Chinese Couple, Head Cook of Ojai's Thacher School in 1906

Title: Chinese couple, head cook at Thacher School, Ojai : 1906 Date: 1906 Collection: Asian/Pacific - Americans on the Central Coast Owning Institution: Black Gold Cooperative Library System Source: Calisphere Permalink: https://calisphere.org/item/0ad38cda96f92e4b3aefd4cfa5263039/

Original Shanghai Low Restuarant

Original Shanghai Low Restuarant

Jespen, Chris. Chinatown, San Luis Obispo. 31 August 2010, photograph, Flickr, https://www.flickr.com/photos/traderchris/5019760294/in/photostream/

Chong's Home Made Candies

Chong's Home Made Candies

Title: Richard Q. Chong, owner of Chong's Home Made Candies ; the store was located on the corner of Palm & Chorro Streets in Chinatown Date: undated: circa 1950s-1960s Collection: Asian/Pacific - Americans on the Central Coast Owning Institution: Black Gold Cooperative Library System Source: Calisphere Permalink: https://calisphere.org/item/ark:/13030/c8sq8z5r/

Palm Street

Palm Street

Title: AH Louis Store c. 1900-1910 (800 Palm St.) Date: no date Collection: Louis Family Papers Owning Institution: California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo Link: https://digital.lib.calpoly.edu/rekl-5702?solr_nav%5Bid%5D=762aee0d7e7d22bc610a&solr_nav%5Bpage%5D=0&solr_nav%5Boffset%5D=1

Bell

Bell

Ranta, Andrew. 2007081641.jpg. 17 August 2007, photograph, Flickr, https://www.flickr.com/photos/mrphancy/1155198694/in/album-72157600208667609/

"Gandy Dancers" Iron Road Pioneers Statue

"Gandy Dancers" Iron Road Pioneers Statue

Photo Courtesy of Emily Pan

Ah Louis Store Today

Ah Louis Store Today

Photo Courtesy of Elliot Gong

Chinatown Mural

Chinatown Mural

Photo Courtesy of Emily Pan

Chinatown Historic District Sign

Chinatown Historic District Sign

Photo Courtesy of Elliot Gong

California Historic Site No. 802: Ah Louis Store

California Historic Site No. 802: Ah Louis Store

Photo Courtesy of Elliot Gong

Ah Louis with his Son Howard Louis

Ah Louis with his Son Howard Louis

Title: Ah Louis with Howard Louis Collection: Louis Family Papers Owning Institution: California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo Source: Calisphere Permalink: https://calisphere.org/item/99c150bf5246138f007d947237b31250/

Ah Louis Store: 1955

Ah Louis Store: 1955

Title: Ah Louis Store, San Luis Obispo c. 1955 Date: circa 1955 Collection: Louis Family Papers Owning Institution: California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo Source: Calisphere Permalink: https://calisphere.org/item/e90d4cd308aff0b9d2b97fb90536211b/

Ah Louis

Ah Louis

Title: Ah Louis, seated Date: circa 1933-1936 Collection: Louis Family Papers Owning Institution: California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo Source: Calisphere Permalink: https://calisphere.org/item/ae153a1b71c1673963cb948ca0a40d5b/

Ah Louis' Brickyard: 1920

Ah Louis' Brickyard: 1920

Title: Louis Brickyard Date: circa 1920 Collection: Louis Family Papers Owning Institution: California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo Source: Calisphere Permalink: https://calisphere.org/item/01ac2d1e5ff8a900cdd53d8fc3c02564/