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Two girls crossing the street in Chinatown, ca. 1900.  Photo by Arnold Genthe.

Two girls crossing the street in Chinatown, ca. 1900. Photo by Arnold Genthe.

"In the heart of Chinatown, San Francisco, California, U.S.A." - taken around 1870

"In the heart of Chinatown, San Francisco, California, U.S.A." - taken around 1870

Chinese residents read news about Tong wars, San Francisco, 1875

Chinese residents read news about Tong wars, San Francisco, 1875

Chinese theater, sometime in the 1880s.

Chinese theater, sometime in the 1880s.

Chinatown in 1882. Looking west on Sacramento Street

Chinatown in 1882. Looking west on Sacramento Street

Between 1839 and 1860, the violence of the Opium Wars drove many Chinese people to seek new lives in the U.S., drawn by the California Gold Rush and opportunities to work on the Transcontinental Railroad.

Between 1839 and 1860, the violence of the Opium Wars drove many Chinese people to seek new lives in the U.S., drawn by the California Gold Rush and opportunities to work on the Transcontinental Railroad.

Chinese theater, sometime in the 1880s.

Chinese theater, sometime in the 1880s.