The focus of this book is the Chinese settlements in San Jose, California from 1887-1931. The author, Connie Young Yu, draws on family records and correspondence, oral interviews with former residents, and newspaper accounts of the period. The story is told against a broad background of information on Chinese immigration and years of federal anti-Chinese legislation that set the stage for discrimination against the Chinese in San Jose and in other cities in California.
About the Author
Connie Young Yu is a third generation Californian. Her maternal great-grandfather worked on the Transcontinental Railroad and her paternal grandfather came to San Jose’s Chinatown as a child in 1881. Connie was educated at Mills College in Oakland and has long been involved in historical projects, including the state’s restoration of the Angel Island immigration barracks. She has written numerous articles and is the author of an earlier book entitled Profiles in Excellence: Peninsula Chinese Americans.