Deepen Your Experience
Dive in deeper with the following resources:
Barlow, Jeffrey and Richardson, Christine. China Doctor of John Day. Portland: Binford and Mort, 1979.
Chew, Ron and Chinn, Cassie, eds. Reflections of Seattle’s Chinese Americans: The First 100 Years. Seattle: Wing Luke Asian Museum, 2003.
Chung, Sue Fawn and Wegars, Priscilla, eds. Chinese American Death Rituals: Respecting the Ancestors. Lanham, Maryland: AltaMira Press, 2005.
McCunn, Ruthanne Lum. “Ing Hay, Healer, and Lung On, Entrepreneur,” Chinese American Portraits: Personal Histories 1828-1988. San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 1988.
Nokes, R. Gregory. Massacred for Gold: The Chinese in Hells Canyon. Corvallis: Oregon State University Press, 2009.
Takaki, Ronald. Strangers from a Different Shore: A History of Asian Americans. New York: Penguin Group, 1989.
Wegars, Priscilla, ed. Hidden Heritage: Historical Archaeology of the Overseas Chinese. Amityville, New York: Baywood Publishing Company, 1993.
Wegars, Priscilla. Polly Bemis: A Chinese American Pioneer. Cambridge, Idaho: Backeddy Books, 2003.
Zhu, Liping. A Chinaman’s Chance: The Chinese on the Rocky Mountain Mining Frontier. Boulder, Colorado: University Press of Colorado, 1997.
Articles and Reports
Chin, Doug and Chin, Art. “The Legacy of Washington State’s Early Chinese Pioneers,” The International Examiner, 4 March 1987.
Chung, Sue Fawn. “Island Mountain or Gold Creek’s Chinatown, Elko County, Nevada,” In-Situ: Newsletter of the Nevada Archaeological Association, Winter 2000.
Dixon, Gayle and Prouty, Kathleen. “Archaeological Investigations at the Wing Wa Company Mining Camp 10IH2064/PY-925: A 19th Century Gold Rush Historic Property in the Warren Mining District,” July 2001.
Hardesty, Donald L. “Research Design and Data Recovery Plan for the Archaeological Study of Spooner Summit Chinese Woodcutter Camps,” 10 May 2002.
Hom, Dale. “Asian Immigrant History in the National Forests,” Museums & Social Issues 3, no.2, Fall 2008.
Kingsbury, Lawrence A. “Ah Toy: A Successful 19th Century Chinese Entrepreneur,” Payette National Forest, January 1994.
Kingsbury, Lawrence A. “Celadon Slope Garden Circa 1870-1902: A Chinese Sojourner Occupation on the Payette National Forest,” December 1990.
Reddy, Sheila D. “The Chinese Pioneer in Idaho: An Overview,” Payette National Forest, March 1993.
Reddy, Sheila D. “The Color of Deep Water: The Story of Polly Bemis,” Payette National Forest, June 1994.
Reddy, Sheila D. “Mountain Gardens, Mountain Stew,” February 1994.
Reddy, Sheila D. “Warrens, the Mountain Dream: A History of Early Mining and Ethnic Diversity in the Idaho Territory,” Payette National Forest, March 1993.
Wegars, Priscilla. “The Ah Hee Diggings: Final Report of Archaeological Investigations at OR-GR-16, the Granite, Oregon “Chinese Walls” Site, 1992 through 1994,” University of Idaho Anthropological Reports no. 97, 1995.
Wegars, Priscilla. “Heritage Tourism of Chinese Archaeological and Historical Sites in Idaho,” SAA Archaeological Record 4, no.5, November 2004.
Zhu, Liping. “No Need to Rush: The Chinese, Placer Mining, and the Western Environment,” Montana 49, no.3, Autumn 1999.
Finding Home in Chinatown: The Kong Yick Buildings. Seattle: Wing Luke Asian Museum, 1998.
Websites and Online Content
Asian American Comparative Collection
Includes “Ongoing Research” and “Asian American Sites and Museum Exhibits in the Pacific Northwest and Great Basin.”
Passport in Time: Finding Aurora’s Chinese
Volunteers worked on an excavation “Passport in Time” project in Aurora, Nevada in 2011 to uncover information about the Chinese immigrants in a ghost town that, during the 1860s, was the second largest city between the Sierra Nevada’s and the Mississippi. Aurora was also host to some of Nevada’s earliest Chinese immigrants that lived and worked in the western town. Volunteers of the Passport in Time project worked to uncover more information about the lives of Aurora’s Chinese inhabitants through excavations on Spring Street, a location in the town with numerous Chinese residents.
Asian Pacific Pioneers Across the Northwest
We've been collecting information and photographs of sites throughout the Pacific Northwest on our Asian Pacific American Heritage Sites map. Our records are far from complete! From the map: 1) Click on a photo in the album to see its location on the map; 2) Click on the "view map" button to see a big map of all the locations; 3) Want to add a site? Email your site with location, brief description and photos to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we'll add it to the map.
Explore APA History
Promotes efforts to conserve, explore and interpret early contributions of Chinese pioneers during the mid-1800s to early-1900s in California and Nevada. Find out how public and surrounding lands were historically used, and go explore! Features travel information for over 50 Chinese heritage sites; site overviews with historic and contemporary photographs; and interactive maps and guides, tour information, and more!
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