The Chinese Historical Society is found at the top of a pretty steep hill – one that probably discourages the more casual tourists and leaves it to those truly interested. Established in 1963, it is the oldest and largest of its kind in the United States. The museum was quite fascinating, taking the visitor on a tour of the history of Chinese immigrants and Chinese-Americans since the early days of Chinese labor. It highlights the anti-immigration forces they faced and the general racism to which they were subject. There were so many artifacts of the first Chinese community in San Francisco, including a contraption that could separate the meat from the shell of a shrimp. I’m not sure how it works but I thought it was interesting. I did my masters on the relations between Chinese immigrants and the U.S. My only regret was that I did not have more time. It is worth the trek and worth the exploration.
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