Chinese Women Relax in Golden Gate Park
These women relaxing in Golden Gate Park in the 1890s wear silk robes and embroidered slippers; their clothing indicates that it is some sort of holiday or special occasion. The ratio of men to women in Chinatown was 20-to-1; merchants' wives had the least trouble getting permission to immigrate. Some single women worked as house servants or amahs (nannies) for wealthy merchant families.
- in 1900, almost half of the 2,136 Chinese women in the United States lived in California
- upper class women, with bound feet, led restricted lives in the US—many rarely left their homes
- women largely confined to 3 occupation roles: merchant's wife, house servants, or prostitute
- traditional Chinese society was patriarchal; women were expected to be subordinate to men
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Item Type | Photograph
Cite This document | Unknown, “Chinese Women Relax in Golden Gate Park,” SHEC: Resources for Teachers, accessed April 18, 2021, https://shec.ashp.cuny.edu/items/show/1041.