A Chinese American Describes Going to School in Chinatown (with text supports)
San Francisco's first public school for Chinese immigrants, known first as the Chinese School and then as the Oriental School, began operating in 1859. The school was designed to segregate (separate) Chinese children from white children in the city's public schools. In 1924, after years of protest by Chinese residents who found the name "Oriental School" offensive, it was renamed the Commodore Stockton School. The first excerpt is from an oral history interview with Thomas Chinn, who attended the school; the second is from an 1896 issue of the San Francisco magazine The Wave, which comments more generally on Chinatown's children.
Rights | Used by permission of The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Item Type | Oral History
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