Beyond the river stretches the interminable prairie, where the fields of harvested wheat lie wrapped in slumber; . . . . The light stealing upon the broad shadows, first touches the tops of the prairie wagons. . . . Then, making more and more progress, it shines. . . and at last, in full glory of splendor, brings out the yellow of the cultivated fields and the course brown of the sandy soil.

~ Picturesque America, 1872

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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, July 18, 2019 - 04:03 PM.