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Sweet, Chinese photograph with 5 boys (the ideal of a traditional Chinese family). Studio Photo, Shanghai, 1910s.

1860s- Mark Twain reports from San Francisco that the Chinese immigrants there "are quiet, peaceable, tractable, free from drunkenness, & they are as industrious as the day is long. A disorderly Chinaman is rare & a lazy one does not exist." Railroad foremen will also notice that they don't get sick because they boil water for tea rather than drinking directly from polluted streams. Chinese labor also builds the vineyards of the Napa Valley.

Before the earthquake, some city officials wanted to move the Chinese to Hunters Point and to obtain Chinatown’s valuable land

Portrait of an unidentified Chinese family

The Hans Kelstrom family home on Cortland Avenue, San Francisco (ca. 1909) via Maggie Kelstrom, Santa Rosa Junior College

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