The ground surface is so nearly level that you have no sense of contour. . . . It is not a former lake, although in large part it is a former swamp. Geology characteristically repeats itself around the world and down through time, but---with the possible exceptions of the Chilean Longitudinal Valley and the Dalbandin Trough in Pakistan---the Great Central Valley of California has no counterpart on this planet.

~ John McPhee, Assembling California

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Chinese Heritage in Fresno County

Three Chinese girls holding hands in Fresno's Chinatown, circa 1907

This digital exhibit traces the history of Chinese settlement in Fresno County from the days of the Gold Rush through the early decades of the twentieth century. From the discrimination faced by Chinese in the first county seat at Millerton to connections with the homeland, these documents and images outline the local Chinese experience in the late nineteenth century. By 1900, Fresno’s Chinatown was well established west of the railroad tracks. This small community found a way to maintain their cultural heritage and traditional celebrations amidst Americanization efforts by local missionaries. Click here to explore Chinese Heritage in Fresno County.


This exhibit was made possible through the research and writing of Fresno State graduate interns Cameron Scott and Rosalee Mouanoutoua.

Last Updated Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 05:44 PM.