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U.S. Chinese immigration, 19th century and later.Created by: PICRYLDated: 1890
Chinatown, George Grantham Bain Collection
In the 19th century, a majority of Chinese immigrants were single men who worked for a while and returned home. At first, they were attracted to North America by the gold rush in California. A relatively large group of Chinese immigrated to the United States between the start of the California gold rush in 1849 and 1882, before federal law stopped their immigration. After the gold rush, Chinese immigrants worked as agricultural laborers, on railroad construction crews throughout the West, and in low-paying industrial jobs. Soon, many opened their own businesses such as restaurants, laundries, and other personal service concerns.

With the onset of hard economic times in the 1870s, European immigrants and Americans began to compete for the jobs traditionally reserved for the Chinese. Such competition was accompanied by anti-Chinese sentiment, riots, and pressure, especially in California, for the exclusion of Chinese immigrants from the United States. The result was the Chinese Exclusion Act, passed by Congress in 1882. This Act virtually ended Chinese immigration for nearly a century.
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The living Chinese family, arrived in New York April 1850, in the ship Ianthe Capt. Johnson from Canton lith & pub. by N. Currier, 152 Nassau St. cor. of Spruce N.Y

The living Chinese family, arrived in New York April 1850, in the ship...

Print shows a Chinese family sitting on a long sofa, from left are "Miss Pwan Ye Koo, aged 17 years, a young lady, with feet 2 1/2 inches long", holding a musical instrument, "Miss Lum Akum, aged 23 years, her ... More

[Chinese and others on small bridge, with tower in background, Niagara Falls, N.Y.]
The difference between them

The difference between them

Caricature showing Irish entering the U.S. with intent to stay and Chinese to stay temporarily. Illus. in: Puck, 1878 May 15, cover, p. 1. Ref. copy may be in SSF(Gr) - ALIEN LABOR, CHINESE 1878. This record co... More

The Chinese invasion / J. Keppler.

The Chinese invasion / J. Keppler.

Composite of nine cartoons, each separately captioned, on Chinese immigrants in the United States, including New York City and San Francisco. Illus. in: Puck, vol. 7, no. 158, pp. 24-25.

From the oldest to the youngest nation

From the oldest to the youngest nation

Caricature showing Chinese man with firecrackers in his queue floating firecrackers to Uncle Sam, who is jumping in joy. Color lithograph by F. Opper. Illus. in: Puck, 1881 July 6, cover, p. 301. Ref. copy may ... More

The only Chinese bill that the president cannot veto

The only Chinese bill that the president cannot veto

Print shows a Chinese laundry ticket that states "Clothes are given to the person showing the check - all responsibility then ceases. None given without a check; if lost, goods cannot be claimed. Not responsibl... More

The anti-Chinese wall--The American wall goes up as the Chinese original goes down / F. Grätz.

The anti-Chinese wall--The American wall goes up as the Chinese origin...

A cartoon showing laborers, among whom are Irishmen, an African American, a Civil War veteran, Italian, Frenchman, and a Jew, building a wall against the Chinese. Congressional mortar is used to mount blocks of... More

Celestial wrath / F. Opper.

Celestial wrath / F. Opper.

Print shows startled French soldiers in rice paddies confonting an angry blazing sun rimmed with cannon barrels and bayonets, and stating "Population 500,000,000", also signs labeled "Malaria, Disease, [and] Fe... More

A trio that must go / F. Graetz.

A trio that must go / F. Graetz.

Print shows a "Church Bell" as a female figure, an injured elephant labeled "Republican Party" with bandages and an eye patch labeled "Nov. 1882", and a Chinese man. Title from item. Illus. from Puck, v. 14, no... More

New York City - celebrating the Chinese Moon Festival in Mott Street - waiting for a glimpse of the moon / from a sketch by a staff artist.

New York City - celebrating the Chinese Moon Festival in Mott Street -...

Men in street, looking up at moon. Illus. in: Frank Leslie's illustrated newspaper, v. 59, 1884 Oct. 11, p. 113.

Official map of "Chinatown" in San Francisco /

Official map of "Chinatown" in San Francisco /

Cadastral map showing names of owners, businesses, "Chinese occupancy," "Chinese gambling houses," and "White occupants." "The map and colors show only the first, or street floor of Chinatown and the occupancy ... More

Thatcher, Primrose & West's Minstrels

Thatcher, Primrose & West's Minstrels

Caption: The two Chinese dromios in their original creation, "A holiday in the laundry." Created by "The Strobridge Lith. Co., Cin'ti-N=Y-London." N.Y. 1832. Forms part of: Minstrel poster collection (Library o... More

[Chinese Americans in an opium den]
Chinese Americans in an opium den

Chinese Americans in an opium den

Title devised by cataloger. Detroit Publishing Co. no. 30816. Gift; State Historical Society of Colorado; 1949.

Vendors and a horse and cart on a street, Chinatown, San Francisco

Vendors and a horse and cart on a street, Chinatown, San Francisco

Title devised. Purchase; Genthe Estate; 1942 or 1943.

Arnold Genthe - The lily vendor, Chinatown, San Francisco

Arnold Genthe - The lily vendor, Chinatown, San Francisco

Purchase; Genthe Estate; 1942 or 1943.

Man and children walking down a street, Chinatown, San Francisco

Man and children walking down a street, Chinatown, San Francisco

Title devised. Purchase; Genthe Estate; 1942 or 1943.

Arnold Genthe - The sword dancer, Chinatown, San Francisco

Arnold Genthe - The sword dancer, Chinatown, San Francisco

Title from a similar image in: Old Chinatown : a book of pictures / by Arnold Genthe ; with text by Will Irwin. New York : M. Kennerley, 1913, p. 191. Alternate titles from a similar image in: Genthe's photogra... More

Arnold Genthe - Bob Lim and brother, Chinatown, San Francisco

Arnold Genthe - Bob Lim and brother, Chinatown, San Francisco

Title from a similar image in: Genthe's photographs of San Francisco's old Chinatown / photographs by Arnold Genthe ; selection and text by John Kuo Wei Tchen. New York : Dover Publications, 1984, pl. 10. Purch... More

Arnold Genthe - In holiday finery, Chinatown, San Francisco

Arnold Genthe - In holiday finery, Chinatown, San Francisco

Title from a similar image in: Old Chinatown : a book of pictures / by Arnold Genthe ; with text by Will Irwin. New York : M. Kennerley, 1913, p. 73. Alternate title from a similar image in: Pictures of old Chi... More

The street of the gamblers (by day), Chinatown, San Francisco

The street of the gamblers (by day), Chinatown, San Francisco

Title from a similar image in: Old Chinatown : a book of pictures / by Arnold Genthe ; with text by Will Irwin. New York : M. Kennerley, 1913, p. 139. Purchase; Genthe Estate; 1942 or 1943.

Arnold Genthe - Three girls standing in a doorway, Chinatown, San Francisco
Arnold Genthe - The alley, Chinatown, San Francisco

Arnold Genthe - The alley, Chinatown, San Francisco

Title from a similar image in: Old Chinatown : a book of pictures / by Arnold Genthe ; with text by Will Irwin. New York : M. Kennerley, 1913, p. 13. Purchase; Genthe Estate; 1942 or 1943.

The street of the gamblers (by night), Chinatown, San Francisco

The street of the gamblers (by night), Chinatown, San Francisco

Title from a similar image in: Old Chinatown : a book of pictures / by Arnold Genthe ; with text by Will Irwin. New York : M. Kennerley, 1913, p. 35. Purchase; Genthe Estate; 1942 or 1943.

Chinese American men and child in front of building with hanging lanterns, Chinatown, San Francisco

Chinese American men and child in front of building with hanging lante...

Photograph shows Chinese American men in traditional dress standing on a street in Chinatown, San Francisco. One man holds a child. Title devised by Library staff. Forms part of: Genthe photograph collection (L... More

Arnold Genthe - Children walking, Chinatown, San Francisco
Arnold Genthe - Apricot Spring Orchard drugstore, Chinatown, San Francisco

Arnold Genthe - Apricot Spring Orchard drugstore, Chinatown, San Franc...

Title from a similar image in: Genthe's photographs of San Francisco's old Chinatown / photographs by Arnold Genthe ; selection and text by John Kuo Wei Tchen. New York : Dover Publications, 1984, pl. 43. Purch... More

Arnold Genthe - The fortune teller, Chinatown, San Francisco
Arnold Genthe - Reading the Tong proclamation, Chinatown, San Francisco
Arnold Genthe - A corner on the hillside, Chinatown, San Francisco

Arnold Genthe - A corner on the hillside, Chinatown, San Francisco

Title from a similar image in: Old Chinatown : a book of pictures / by Arnold Genthe ; with text by Will Irwin. New York : M. Kennerley, 1913, p. 153. Purchase; Genthe Estate; 1942 or 1943.

Arnold Genthe - Buying New Year's gifts, Chinatown, San Francisco
Arnold Genthe - The street of painted balconies, Chinatown, San Francisco
Arnold Genthe - Dupont Street entrance to Chinatown, San Francisco

Arnold Genthe - Dupont Street entrance to Chinatown, San Francisco

Title from a similar image in: Genthe's photographs of San Francisco's old Chinatown / photographs by Arnold Genthe ; selection and text by John Kuo Wei Tchen. New York : Dover Publications, 1984, pl. 5. Purcha... More

Arnold Genthe - Five girls in holiday finery, Chinatown, San Francisco

Arnold Genthe - Five girls in holiday finery, Chinatown, San Francisco

Purchase; Genthe Estate; 1942 or 1943. vd image reversed 2/96

Man and a boy walking down a sidewalk with other people, Chinatown, San Francisco

Man and a boy walking down a sidewalk with other people, Chinatown, Sa...

Title devised. Purchase; Genthe Estate; 1942 or 1943.

Arnold Genthe - The drug store sign, Chinatown, San Francisco
Arnold Genthe - Chinese American men and children, Chinatown, San Francisco

Arnold Genthe - Chinese American men and children, Chinatown, San Fran...

Photograph shows Chinese American men and three children in traditional dress standing on a street in Chinatown, San Francisco. Title devised by Library staff. Forms part of: Genthe photograph collection (Libra... More

Man and a young child walking down a street, Chinatown, San Francisco
Arnold Genthe - The pipe-bowl mender, Chinatown, San Francisco
Arnold Genthe - Two men standing on a sidewalk, Chinatown, San Francisco
Men standing or walking down a sidewalk, Chinatown, San Francisco
Two men, one holding a child, standing in the street, Chinatown, San Francisco

Two men, one holding a child, standing in the street, Chinatown, San F...

Purchase; Genthe Estate; 1942 or 1943. NUMBER: SIS 0218 shot twice, once as 0218 and again as 0220-A

Arnold Genthe - Dupont Street entrance to Chinatown, San Francisco
Man and a boy walking down a sidewalk with other people, Chinatown, San Francisco

Man and a boy walking down a sidewalk with other people, Chinatown, Sa...

Title devised. Purchase; Genthe Estate; 1942 or 1943.

Arnold Genthe - Boy in doorway of lamp store, Chinatown, San Francisco

Arnold Genthe - Boy in doorway of lamp store, Chinatown, San Francisco

Title from a similar image in: Genthe's photographs of San Francisco's old Chinatown / photographs by Arnold Genthe ; selection and text by John Kuo Wei Tchen. New York : Dover Publications, 1984, pl. 110. Purc... More

Arnold Genthe - Toy merchants, Chinatown, San Francisco

Arnold Genthe - Toy merchants, Chinatown, San Francisco

Title from a similar image in: Genthe's photographs of San Francisco's old Chinatown / photographs by Arnold Genthe ; selection and text by John Kuo Wei Tchen. New York : Dover Publications, 1984, pl. 62. Purch... More

Arnold Genthe - An afternoon airing, Chinatown, San Francisco

Arnold Genthe - An afternoon airing, Chinatown, San Francisco

Title from a similar image in: Old Chinatown : a book of pictures / by Arnold Genthe ; with text by Will Irwin. New York : M. Kennerley, 1913, p. 91. Purchase; Genthe Estate; 1942 or 1943.

Arnold Genthe - Man walking with a small child, Chinatown, San Francisco

Arnold Genthe - Man walking with a small child, Chinatown, San Francis...

Title devised. Purchase; Genthe Estate; 1942 or 1943.

Arnold Genthe - A holiday, Chinatown, San Francisco

Arnold Genthe - A holiday, Chinatown, San Francisco

Purchase; Genthe Estate; 1942 or 1943.

Arnold Genthe - Friends, Chinatown, San Francisco

Arnold Genthe - Friends, Chinatown, San Francisco

Title from a similar image in: Old Chinatown : a book of pictures / by Arnold Genthe ; with text by Will Irwin. New York : M. Kennerley, 1913, p. 61. Purchase; Genthe Estate; 1942 or 1943.

Arnold Genthe - Street scene, Chinatown, San Francisco

Arnold Genthe - Street scene, Chinatown, San Francisco

Purchase; Genthe Estate; 1942 or 1943. vd image reversed 2/96

Two men, one holding a child, standing in the street, Chinatown, San Francisco

Two men, one holding a child, standing in the street, Chinatown, San F...

Title devised. Purchase; Genthe Estate; 1942 or 1943.

Arnold Genthe - Three children talking to a man, Chinatown, San Francisco

Arnold Genthe - Three children talking to a man, Chinatown, San Franci...

Title devised. Purchase; Genthe Estate; 1942 or 1943.

Arnold Genthe - An afternoon airing, Chinatown, San Francisco

Arnold Genthe - An afternoon airing, Chinatown, San Francisco

Title from a similar image in: Old Chinatown : a book of pictures / by Arnold Genthe ; with text by Will Irwin. New York : M. Kennerley, 1913, p. 91. Purchase; Genthe Estate; 1942 or 1943.

Arnold Genthe - The fish dealer's daughter, Chinatown, San Francisco

Arnold Genthe - The fish dealer's daughter, Chinatown, San Francisco

Title from a similar image in: Genthe's photographs of San Francisco's old Chinatown / photographs by Arnold Genthe ; selection and text by John Kuo Wei Tchen. New York : Dover Publications, 1984, pl. 20. Alter... More

The visit of the Ambassador of China / drawn by T. Dart Walker.

The visit of the Ambassador of China / drawn by T. Dart Walker.

Three illustrations showing reception at ex-Secretary Whitney's house during which Li Hung-chang presents President Cleveland with a letter from the emperor of China; continuing celebration in Chinatown; and an... More

Man carrying a child walking with another child, Chinatown, San Francisco

Man carrying a child walking with another child, Chinatown, San Franci...

Title devised. Purchase; Genthe Estate; 1942 or 1943.

Arnold Genthe - Dressed for the feast, Chinatown, San Francisco
Arnold Genthe - No likee, Chinatown, San Francisco

Arnold Genthe - No likee, Chinatown, San Francisco

Title from a similar image in: Old Chinatown : a book of pictures / by Arnold Genthe ; with text by Will Irwin. New York : M. Kennerley, 1913, p. 99. Alternate title from a similar image in: Pictures of old Chi... More

Arnold Genthe - Hairy kid, Chinatown, San Francisco

Arnold Genthe - Hairy kid, Chinatown, San Francisco

Title from a similar image in: Genthe's photographs of San Francisco's old Chinatown / photographs by Arnold Genthe ; selection and text by John Kuo Wei Tchen. New York : Dover Publications, 1984, pl. 115. Purc... More

Arnold Genthe - A corner on the hillside, Chinatown, San Francisco
At the corner of Dupont and Jackson Streets, Chinatown, San Francisco
Arnold Genthe - His first cigar, Chinatown, San Francisco

Arnold Genthe - His first cigar, Chinatown, San Francisco

Title from a similar image in: Genthe's photographs of San Francisco's old Chinatown / photographs by Arnold Genthe ; selection and text by John Kuo Wei Tchen. New York : Dover Publications, 1984, pl. 117. Purc... More

Arnold Genthe - A slave girl in holiday attire, Chinatown, San Francisco

Arnold Genthe - A slave girl in holiday attire, Chinatown, San Francis...

Title from a similar image in: Old Chinatown : a book of pictures / by Arnold Genthe ; with text by Will Irwin. New York : M. Kennerley, 1913, p. 123. Alternate title from a similar image in: Pictures of old Ch... More

Arnold Genthe - A Chinese boy, Chinatown, San Francisco

Arnold Genthe - A Chinese boy, Chinatown, San Francisco

Title from a similar image in: Genthe's photographs of San Francisco's old Chinatown / photographs by Arnold Genthe ; selection and text by John Kuo Wei Tchen. New York : Dover Publications, 1984, pl. 106. Purc... More

Arnold Genthe - The street of the slave girls, Chinatown, San Francisco

Arnold Genthe - The street of the slave girls, Chinatown, San Francisc...

Title from a similar image in: Old Chinatown : a book of pictures / by Arnold Genthe ; with text by Will Irwin. New York : M. Kennerley, 1913, p. 43. Purchase; Genthe Estate; 1942 or 1943.

Three children in front of a cellar door, Chinatown, San Francisco

Three children in front of a cellar door, Chinatown, San Francisco

Title devised. Purchase; Genthe Estate; 1942 or 1943.

[Retinue attending Chinese statesman, Li Hung Chang, when he visited Philadelphia]

[Retinue attending Chinese statesman, Li Hung Chang, when he visited P...

Photograph shows Li Hung Chang and another man riding in a horse-drawn carriage with crowds on both sides of the street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Title devised by Library staff. No. 549. Forms part of: Mar... More

Arnold Genthe - The tinkers, Chinatown, San Francisco

Arnold Genthe - The tinkers, Chinatown, San Francisco

Title from a similar image in: Old Chinatown : a book of pictures / by Arnold Genthe ; with text by Will Irwin. New York : M. Kennerley, 1913, p. 49. Purchase; Genthe Estate; 1942 or 1943.

Arnold Genthe - Paying New Year's calls, Chinatown, San Francisco
Arnold Genthe - Women and children crossing a street, Chinatown, San Francisco

Arnold Genthe - Women and children crossing a street, Chinatown, San F...

Title devised. Purchase; Genthe Estate; 1942 or 1943.

The Foreign element in New York--the Chinese colony, Mott Street / Drawn by W. Bengough.

The Foreign element in New York--the Chinese colony, Mott Street / Dra...

Illus. in: Harper's weekly, 1896 Feb. 29, p. 209.

The wild cat (for the Highbinder's feast of the uncooked meat), Chinatown, San Francisco

The wild cat (for the Highbinder's feast of the uncooked meat), Chinat...

Title from a similar image in: Old Chinatown : a book of pictures / by Arnold Genthe ; with text by Will Irwin. New York : M. Kennerley, 1913, p. 143. Alternate title from a similar image in: Pictures of old Ch... More

Arnold Genthe - Small child sitting on a doorstep, Chinatown, San Francisco

Arnold Genthe - Small child sitting on a doorstep, Chinatown, San Fran...

Title devised. Purchase; Genthe Estate; 1942 or 1943.

Boy standing in front of a doorway, Chinatown, San Francisco

Boy standing in front of a doorway, Chinatown, San Francisco

Title devised. Purchase; Genthe Estate; 1942 or 1943.

Arnold Genthe - A Chinese boy, Chinatown, San Francisco
Arnold Genthe - The lily vendor, Chinatown, San Francisco

Arnold Genthe - The lily vendor, Chinatown, San Francisco

Title from a similar image in: Old Chinatown : a book of pictures / by Arnold Genthe ; with text by Will Irwin. New York : M. Kennerley, 1913, p. 37. Purchase; Genthe Estate; 1942 or 1943.

Woman and a child walking down a street, Chinatown, San Francisco

Woman and a child walking down a street, Chinatown, San Francisco

Title devised. Purchase; Genthe Estate; 1942 or 1943.

Arnold Genthe - Children walking, Chinatown, San Francisco

Arnold Genthe - Children walking, Chinatown, San Francisco

Title devised. Purchase; Genthe Estate; 1942 or 1943.

Arnold Genthe - A native son, Chinatown, San Francisco

Arnold Genthe - A native son, Chinatown, San Francisco

Purchase; Genthe Estate; 1942 or 1943.

Arnold Genthe - Two little maids from school, Chinatown, San Francisco
Arnold Genthe - A grocery shop, Chinatown, San Francisco

Arnold Genthe - A grocery shop, Chinatown, San Francisco

Title from a similar image in: Genthe's photographs of San Francisco's old Chinatown / photographs by Arnold Genthe ; selection and text by John Kuo Wei Tchen. New York : Dover Publications, 1984, pl. 41. Purch... More

Arnold Genthe - Chinese girl, Chinatown, San Francisco
Arnold Genthe - The toy peddler, Chinatown, San Francisco

Arnold Genthe - The toy peddler, Chinatown, San Francisco

Title from a similar image in: Old Chinatown : a book of pictures / by Arnold Genthe ; with text by Will Irwin. New York : M. Kennerley, 1913, p. 199. Alternate title from a similar image in: Pictures of old Ch... More

Arnold Genthe - Reading the Tong proclamation, Chinatown, San Francisco
Arnold Genthe - A corner crowd, Chinatown, San Francisco

Arnold Genthe - A corner crowd, Chinatown, San Francisco

Purchase; Genthe Estate; 1942 or 1943. vd image: negative margins cropped

Arnold Genthe - Weighing fish, Chinatown, San Francisco

Arnold Genthe - Weighing fish, Chinatown, San Francisco

Purchase; Genthe Estate; 1942 or 1943. vd image reversed 2/96

Arnold Genthe - The drug store sign, Chinatown, San Francisco

Arnold Genthe - The drug store sign, Chinatown, San Francisco

Title from a similar image in: Genthe's photographs of San Francisco's old Chinatown / photographs by Arnold Genthe ; selection and text by John Kuo Wei Tchen. New York : Dover Publications, 1984, pl. 42. Purch... More

Arnold Genthe - Girl running down a street, Chinatown, San Francisco

Arnold Genthe - Girl running down a street, Chinatown, San Francisco

Title devised. Purchase; Genthe Estate; 1942 or 1943.

Arnold Genthe - The devil's kitchen (by night), Chinatown, San Francisco

Arnold Genthe - The devil's kitchen (by night), Chinatown, San Francis...

Title from a similar image in: Old Chinatown : a book of pictures / by Arnold Genthe ; with text by Will Irwin. New York : M. Kennerley, 1913, p. 163. Purchase; Genthe Estate; 1942 or 1943.

Arnold Genthe - Weighing fish, Chinatown, San Francisco

Arnold Genthe - Weighing fish, Chinatown, San Francisco

Purchase; Genthe Estate; 1942 or 1943.

Men standing or walking down a sidewalk, Chinatown, San Francisco

Men standing or walking down a sidewalk, Chinatown, San Francisco

Title devised. Purchase; Genthe Estate; 1942 or 1943.

Arnold Genthe - A picnic on Portsmouth Square, Chinatown, San Francisco
Arnold Genthe - The fish dealer's daughter, Chinatown, San Francisco

Arnold Genthe - The fish dealer's daughter, Chinatown, San Francisco

Title from a similar image in: Genthe's photographs of San Francisco's old Chinatown / photographs by Arnold Genthe ; selection and text by John Kuo Wei Tchen. New York : Dover Publications, 1984, pl. 20. Alter... More

Arnold Genthe - Two children walking down the street, Chinatown, San Francisco

Arnold Genthe - Two children walking down the street, Chinatown, San F...

Purchase; Genthe Estate; 1942 or 1943. vd image reversed 2/96

Arnold Genthe - Poster of Protect the Emperor Society, Chinatown, San Francisco

Arnold Genthe - Poster of Protect the Emperor Society, Chinatown, San ...

Title from a similar image in: Genthe's photographs of San Francisco's old Chinatown / photographs by Arnold Genthe ; selection and text by John Kuo Wei Tchen. New York : Dover Publications, 1984, pl. 35. Purch... More

Arnold Genthe - Street scene in Chinatown, San Francisco

Arnold Genthe - Street scene in Chinatown, San Francisco

Purchase; Genthe Estate; 1942 or 1943.

Arnold Genthe - The devil's kitchen, Chinatown, San Francisco
Young girl walking down the street, looking into the camera, Chinatown, San Francisco

Young girl walking down the street, looking into the camera, Chinatown...

Title devised. Purchase; Genthe Estate; 1942 or 1943.

Arnold Genthe - A picnic on Portsmouth Square, Chinatown, San Francisco
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