[HuffPo] How Racism Created America’s Chinatowns

November 18, 2014
"Chinatown Panorama" by William Cho - Flickr (Creative Commons License)

“Chinatown Panorama” by William Cho (Flickr - Creative Commons License)


Last month, a San Francisco tour guide was caught in a racist rant about the city’s Chinatown, berating residents for “eating turtles and frogs” and for not assimilating into American culture.

There’s an irony to these grievances, considering that Chinatowns in the U.S. sprang up in large part because of anti-Chinese racism, and because of legal barriers that prevented assimilation.