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

Marie Rose Wong
$30.00 paperback

Around the turn of the twentieth century, and for decades thereafter, 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 in terms of geography. Marie Rose Wong chronicles the history of these Chinatowns from their early beginnings in the 1850s until the repeal of the Chinese Exclusion Act in the 1940s exploring 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.