Chinese in St. Louis: 1857-2007 (Images of America) by Huping Ling

By Huping Ling

In 1857, Alla Lee, a 24yearold local of Ningbo, China, looking a greater lifestyles, got here to St. Louis. A decade later, Lee used to be joined by means of a number of hundred of his countrymen from San Francisco and long island who have been looking jobs in mines and factories in and round St. Louis. almost all these chinese language employees lived in boardinghouses positioned close to a road known as Hop Alley. In time, chinese language hand laundries, item shops, herb outlets, eating places, and extended family organization headquarters sprang up in and round that road, forming St. Louis Chinatown. Hop Alley survived with awesome resilience and effort till 1966 while city renewal bulldozers leveled the world to make a car park for Busch Stadium. a brand new suburban chinese language American group has been quietly, but swiftly, rising because the Nineteen Sixties within the type of cultural group, the place the chinese language church buildings, Chineselanguage colleges, and group enterprises function the infrastructure of the community.

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