Anti-Asian Violence History

The Bay Area town that drove out its Chinese residents for nearly 100 years

Katie Dowd, SFGATEApril 7, 2021Updated: April 7, 2021 10:44 am

Antioch Chinatown, CA

Before the white residents of Antioch burned down Chinatown in 1876, they banned Chinese people from walking the city streets after sunset.

In order to get from their jobs to their homes each evening, the Chinese residents built a series of tunnels connecting the business district to where I Street met the waterfront. There, a small Chinatown and a cluster of houseboats made up the immigrant settlement. If they ever felt safe there, it was fleeting. Above the tunnels and outside their doors, the threat of violence was simmering.

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Political Power

14 Photos That Show Asian-American Resistance

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Photograph by Alan Ohashi. Asian Pacific American Photographic Collection, Visual Communications Archives

These photos upend the idea of Asians as the “model minority” in the U.S.

Resistance to Anti-Asian Violence is synonymous with the history of Asians in the U.S. and predates many of the photos from this exhibit at the Los Angeles Chinese America Museum from 2017 but it is important to recognize this history during all periods of our presences in this country and this exhibit and the curators did a great job of putting together images to tell the story of the Asian American peoples’ movement from the 70’s and 80’s.