Standing up for Chinese merchants in the 1880s

Grant Din shared on chineseamericanfamilyhistory https://groups.io/g/chineseamericanfamilyhistory this article from Alyssa Bentz

Hello everyone-
I stumbled upon a webpage from Wells Fargo that talks about the bank standing up for Chinese merchants even after the exclusion acts were passed. It’s written by Alyssa Bentz, corporate historian for the bank. I contacted her because I was wondering if a tinshop in SF Chinatown where my great-great grandfather worked from about 1884 to 1899 (according to his son’s NARA file) was in there and sure enough it is. The book, called 1882 Directory of Chinese Business Houses, includes Chinese businesses in SF, Oakland, San Jose, LA, Sacramento, Stockton, Marysville, Portland, Virginia City, NV, Victoria, BC, and Denver.

Hello everyone-
I stumbled upon a webpage from Wells Fargo that talks about the bank standing up for Chinese merchants even after the exclusion acts were passed. It’s written by Alyssa Bentz, corporate historian for the bank. I contacted her because I was wondering if a tinshop in SF Chinatown where my great-great grandfather worked from about 1884 to 1899 (according to his son’s NARA file) was in there and sure enough it is. The book, called 1882 Directory of Chinese Business Houses, includes Chinese businesses in SF, Oakland, San Jose, LA, Sacramento, Stockton, Marysville, Portland, Virginia City, NV, Victoria, BC, and Denver.

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Alyssa told me that I should feel free to pass it along to anyone who might be interested. Please feel free to download it from my cloud storage (it’s 36 megs).

The California Historical Society also has an original copy of this book as well as the one from 1878, but they aren’t available to view in person during the latest shelter in place. Here’s a link to their online database.

Grant


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I hope 2021 finds you healthy, and looking forward to new BACGG programs. Our potlucks at the Family History Center are sorely missed. But the biggest loss due to COVID, was being and bonding as a genealogy family. Missed are the live sharing of stories and family history.

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