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San Francisco Chinatown: A Guide to Its History and Architecture Paperback – August 14, 2012
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"Philip P. Choy's San Francisco Chinatown: A Guide to Its History and Architecture is just what local and out-of-town tourists have wanted and needed. . . . History buffs will be amazed by the wealth of lore, legend and radiant fact."San Francisco Chronicle
"San Francisco Chinatown illuminates the untold history of the enclave... to consider the political, historical, and cultural implications of Chinatown's very existence."San Francisco Bay Guardian
"Choy's book is easily read while walking, and fits easily into a jacket pocket. His descriptions are typically no more than two pages and are always accompanied by a large photo . . . I emphasize these qualities because the most important feature of a guidebook is that it is useable. And Choy has met this test."Beyond Chron
About the Author
Like all Chinese children he attended public school and after school attended Chinese school from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. He went to the University of California under the G.I. Bill and graduated with a degree in Architecture.
He is a retired architect and a renowned historian on the history of Chinese America. In the midst of the Civil Rights Movement, Philip P. Choy and his colleague Him Mark Lai co-taught the Nation’s first college level course in Chinese American history at San Francisco State University. Since then he has created and consulted on numerous T.V. documentaries, exhibits and publications, including the Gaam Saan HaakThe Chinese of America in 1974. He co-authored The Coming Man: 19th Century American Perceptions of the Chinese with Professors Marlon Hom and Lorraine Dong. His most recent book is Canton Footprints: Sacramento’s Chinese Legacy.
His community services includes providing pro-bono architectural services to non-profit organizations such as the Chinese for Affirmative Action, the former Chinese YWCA, the Oroville Temple, and in 1943 produced the case report that placed the Angel Island Immigration Station on the National Registry of Historic Places. He has served on the California State Historic Resource Commission, on the San Francisco Landmark Advisory Board, five times as President of the Chinese Historical Society of America (CHSA), and currently an emeritus CHSA boardmember.
Among his awards of recognition is the prestigious San Francisco State University President’s Medal.
Top Customer Reviews
He starts from the heart of Chinatown, Portsmouth Plaza with seven major attractions. The pictures then and now show the contrast. He not only describes the building structures but also points out their political history. The next is Sacramento Street which housed two Chinese newspapers, Chung Sai Yat Po and Chinese Daily Post in the old days. The text brings back their glory days in serving the locals in news affecting their lives.
The three sections of Grant Avenue are important as the central section is full of hustle and bustle. Philip introduces the building characters, especially the Chinese Telephone Exchange as the main focal point
Stockton is different from Grant with more religious and political organizations. Page 76 gives some incidents on Catholic and Protestants in anti-Chinese rally. They were fighting in saving the souls of Chinese brethren who were their neighbors. He devotes a few pages on Chinese YWCA building which now is the Museum home of Chinese Historical Society of America. He also talks about hospital and school.Read more ›
Anything Mr. Choy does, he does with elegance and panache. He has such verve and enthusiasm in his talks. His writing does not contain
his enthusiasm as much as his presentations.
Since I am a native Northern Californian, I frequently go to Chinatown. During the years, the famous Chinese restaurants have been closing as other generations do not desire to go into the business. I recently heard that the Four Seasons will close this fall.
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As others have mentioned, there are minor errors, including the Bayard Taylor illustrations on pages 26 and 27, which should read "November 1848" and "November 1849" respectively. Read morePublished on August 26, 2013 by Bill Lee, Author
Very informative. I liked the maps and plan to take the book with me the next time I visit Chinatown San Francisco. Read morePublished on August 25, 2013 by Linda M
My wife is Chinese and she wanted more information on China Town I ordered the book for her as a giftPublished on March 26, 2013 by Phil Miller
A few errors in text but valuable, informative content. It will be fun playing tourist on my next shopping trip to chinatown.Published on February 11, 2013 by esme marconi