California city apologizes for the 1887 Chinatown demolition

The city of San Jose was once the home of one of Chinatown’s prime ministers in California. In the center of the city, it was at the center of the lives of Chinese immigrants working on farms near orchards. More than a century after they were burned by fire and mud in 1887, the San Jose City Council on Tuesday approved a resolution to apologize. to Chinese immigrants and their descendants because of the city’s role in “systemic and institutional racism, xenophobia, and discrimination.” San Jose, with a population of over one million, is the largest city in the world to apologize to the Chinese people for the treatment of their ancestors. In May, the city of Antioch apologized for mistreating the Chinese people, who had built canals to return home from work because they were not allowed to walk the streets after sunset. “It is important for members of the Chinese American community to know that they are visible and that complex dialogue on race and historical inequality includes the oppression perpetrated by their ancestors,” said San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo. Forgiveness comes amid a wave of attacks on Asian communities since the epidemic began last year. Some cities, especially in the Pacific Northwest, have offered amnesty in recent decades. California, too, apologized in 2009 to Chinese workers and Congress apologized to the Chinese Exclusion Act, which was enacted in 1882 and made Chinese citizens the target of the first national law prohibiting migration based on race or nationality The city had five Chinatown but the largest one was built in 1872. Years Fifteen years later, the city council identified itself as a public nuisance and agreed to remove the ordinance as a way for the new City Hall. Before taking action, the prosperous Chinatown was set on fire by arsonists, destroying hundreds of homes and businesses and leaving about 1,400 people dead, according to the resolution. we are in the process of solving the serious problems of apartheid facing America today, “the vote read. The Chinese first came to California in large numbers during the Gold Rush in the mid-19th century. As many as 63,000 Chinese in the United States, 70 percent of whom live in California, have been denied the right to own property, marry white people and go to public schools. the school was burnt down, Chinese clothes were accused of living in wooden buildings and the first national Anti-Chinese League meeting was held there in 1886, as per the resolution.Connie Young Yu, author historian and author of “Chinatown, San Jose, USA,” said his grandfather was a young refugee from the 1887 fire. His father was born in the last Chinatown built in San Jose. The community was fortified in the new location with the help of German immigrant John Heinlen, even at the risk of his own life. But the Chinatown, known as Heninlenville, disappeared after the Chinese population sank. Yu said the official pardon gives him “a great sense of reconciliation and a sense of peace.” “This is more than an apology. It takes responsibility, which is a good thing for me,” Yu added. Gerrye Wong, who helped find the Chinese Historical and Cultural Project in San Jose, said he, Yu and others in the community would agree to apologize at a ceremony Wednesday near the former Fairmont Hotel in downtown San Jose, which was built on the site of the former Chinatown. In 1987, city officials dedicated a plaque to the site to mark 100 years of fire. Wong, a retired teacher, said apologizing for the tenth largest city in the country was a time for teaching because the story was not in books or taught in schools. “As a fourth-generation Chinese American myself, I knew nothing and the Chinese people never talked about it,” he said. “In this hostile Asian region that we see today, it is a big step forward because it will bring not only to our problems but also to what has been given to China and this country,” he added. ___Ti’s story was first published on September 28, 2021. Filed on September 29, 2021, to fix the time of the massive destruction of Chinatown up to 15 years from its construction, not five.

The city of San Jose was once the home of one of Chinatown’s prime ministers in California. Within the city center, this was a place of life for Chinese immigrants working on farms near orchards.

More than a century after the fire and fire in 1887, the San Jose city council on Tuesday agreed to pardon Chinese foreigners and their descendants for the city’s role in “systemic and institutional racism, xenophobia, and discrimination.”

San Jose, with a population of over one million, is the largest city in the world to apologize to the Chinese people and treat their ancestors. In May, the city of Antioch apologized for not treating Chinese players, who built canals to return home from work because they were not allowed to walk the streets after sunset.

“It is important for members of the Chinese American community to know that they are visible and that the complex dialogue surrounding the speed and inequality of history includes the oppression suffered by their ancestors,” said San Jose Mayor Liccardo.

Forgiveness comes amid a wave of attacks on Asian communities since the epidemic began last year. Some cities, especially in the Pacific Northwest, have offered amnesty in recent decades. California, too, apologized in 2009 to Chinese workers and Congress apologized to the Chinese Exclusion Act, which was enacted in 1882 and made Chinese citizens the objects of the country’s first national ban on national migration.

The city had five Chinatown but a large one was built in 1872. Fifteen years later, the city council declared it a public nuisance and agreed to remove the ordinance as a way to City Hall now. Before taking action, the prosperous Chinatown was burned by the clergy, destroying hundreds of homes and businesses and evicting 1,400 people, according to the election.

“An apology for serious injustices cannot erase the past, but acknowledging past wrongdoing can help us solve the serious problems of apartheid facing America today,” the statement read.

The Chinese first came to California in large numbers during the Gold Rush period in the mid-1800’s. They worked in the mines, built the transcontinental railway, worked hard on the farms and helped promote the abalone and shrimp industries. By 1870, there were about 63,000 Chinese in the United States, 77% of whom lived in California, according to the election.

The Chinese came in facing discrimination and were forced to leave the cities. They were denied the right to own property, to marry white people, and to attend public schools. They too were subjected to violence and intimidation and refused to be treated fairly by the courts.

In San Jose, a church of Chinese Capiscopal elders attending Sunday school was burnt down, Chinese machines decorated with living quarters in wooden houses and the first Anti-Chinese League meeting held there in 1886, according to the resolution.

Connie Young Yu, a historian and author of “Chinatown, San Jose, USA,” said her grandfather was a young refugee from the 1887 fire. His father was born in the last Chinatown built in San Jose. The community was fortified in the new location with the help of German immigrant John Heinlen, even at the risk of his own life. But the Chinatown, known as Heninlenville, disappeared after the Chinese population sank.

Yu said the official pardon gives him “a great sense of reconciliation and a sense of peace.”

“This is more than an apology. It takes responsibility, which is a good thing for me,” Yu added.

Gerrye Wong, who helped find the Chinese Historical and Cultural Project in San Jose, said he, Yu and others in the community would agree to apologize at a ceremony Wednesday near the former Fairmont Hotel in downtown San Jose, which was built on the site of the former Chinatown. In 1987, city officials dedicated a plaque to the site to mark 100 years of fire.

Wong, a retired teacher, said apologizing from the tenth largest city in the country was a time for teaching because the story was not in books or taught in schools.

“As a fourth-generation Chinese American myself, I knew nothing and the Chinese people never talked about it,” he said.

“In this hostile Asian region that we see today, it is a big step forward because it will bring not only to our problems but also to what has been given to China and this country,” he added.

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This article was first published on September 28, 2021. Updated September 29, 2021, to fix the period of massive destruction of Chinatown up to 15 years after its construction, not five.

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