The forest beneath the clouds: Chinese-Americans and accommodation in nineteenth century northwestern California

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TitleThe forest beneath the clouds: Chinese-Americans and accommodation in nineteenth century northwestern California
Publication TypeThesis
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsWeaver, R. J.
Corporate AuthorsPomerantz-Zhang, Linda
Academic DepartmentProQuest Dissertations and Theses
Page116
Date Published2012
PublisherCalifornia State University, Dominguez Hills
Place PublishedUnited States -- California
ISBN Number9781267761521
Keywords0332:History, 0337:American history, 0631:Ethnic studies, SOCIAL sciences
Abstract

The purpose of this study is to analyze the experience of Chinese-Americans in northwestern California between 1850 and 1900. This is accomplished by a comparison of the conditions and experiences of two adjacent Chinese-American communities in Humboldt and Trinity Counties. This region is especially well suited to this comparison for several reasons. First, both counties have historically large Chinese-American populations whose history has remained relatively uninvestigated by scholars. Second, Humboldt and. Trinity Counties originally comprised a single county. Early on, the early cultures of the two counties were very strongly connected by economy and politics, as well as by familial ties. However, the partitioning of Humboldt County out of the western part of Trinity County set in motion a series of changes which would result in dramatic divergences between the cultures of the counties. While Trinity developed an atmosphere of accommodation and relative tolerance towards Chinese-Americans, Humboldt became a national model for Chinese exclusion. This study seeks to analyze this disparity through investigating the sociological, historical, and economic forces that created the conditions that led to the differing outcomes for these two communities of Chinese-Americans.

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