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Sweet Cakes, Long Journey: The Chinatowns of Portland, Oregon

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Around the turn of the twentieth century, and for decades thereafter, Oregon had the second largest Chinese population in the United States. In terms of geographical coverage, Portland's two Chinatowns (one an urban area of brick commercial structures, one a vegetable-gardening community of shanty dwellings) were the largest in all of North America.

Marie Rose Wong chronicles the history of Portland's Chinatowns from their early beginnings in the 1850s until the repeal of the Chinese Exclusion Act in the 1940s, drawing on exhaustive primary material from the National Archives, including more than six thousand individual immigration files, census manuscripts, letters, and newspaper accounts. She examines both the enforcement of Exclusion Laws in the United States and the means by which Chinese immigrants gained illegal entry into the country.

The spatial and ethnic makeup of the combined Old Chinatown afforded much more contact and accommodation between Chinese and non-Chinese people than is usually assumed to have occurred in Portland, and than actually may have occurred elsewhere. Sweet Cakes, Long Journey explores the contributions that Oregon's leaders and laws had on the development of Chinese American community life, and the role that the early Chinese immigrants played in determining their own community destiny and the development of their Chinatown in its urban form and vernacular architectural expression.

Sweet Cakes, Long Journey is an original and notable addition to the history of Portland and to the field of Asian American studies.

Marie Rose Wong is an assistant professor specializing in urban design at the Institute of Public Service, Seattle University.

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Around the turn of the 20th century and for decades thereafter, Oregon had the second-largest Chinese population in the US. In terms of geographical coverage, Portland's two Chinatowns—one an urban area of brick commercial structures, the other a community of shanty dwellings and vegetable gardens—were the largest in North America. Wong (Institute of Public Service, Seattle U.) draws on primary material from the National Archives to examine the enforcement of exclusion laws in the US and chronicle the history of Portland's Chinatowns from their beginnings in the 1850s until the repeal of the Chinese Exclusion Act in the 1940s. Sprinkled with b&w photos.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Paul.Englesberg, April 4, 2007 (view all comments by Paul.Englesberg)
Sweet Cakes, Long Journey is a meticulously researched and very readable account of the Chinese immigrant experience with a focus on the growth of the Chinese community in Portland, Oregon, once the largest Cinatown in the U.S. Marie Wong bases the account on numerous primary source documents and the book includes many examples and photographs from government sources, newspaper articles, and earlier scholarly works. The author's own story of how she discovered traces of her father's entry into the U.S. provides a poignant connection between the scholarly and personal sides.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780295983837
Author:
Wong, Marie Rose
Publisher:
University of Washington Press
Location:
Seattle
Subject:
History
Subject:
Race relations
Subject:
Chinese americans
Subject:
Portland
Subject:
Chinatown
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - Asian American Studies
Subject:
United States - State & Local - West
Subject:
Chinese Americans -- Oregon -- Portland.
Subject:
Ethnic Studies-Asian American
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series:
Scott and Laurie Oki Series in Asian American Studies
Series Volume:
#2
Publication Date:
20040431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
337
Dimensions:
9.02x6.22x.72 in. 1.08 lbs.

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