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The Chinatown War: Chinese Los Angeles and the Massacre of 1871

Scott Zesch


In October 1871, a simmering, small-scale turf war involving three Chinese gangs exploded into a riot that engulfed the small but growing town of Los Angeles. A large mob of white Angelenos, spurred by racial resentment, rampaged through the city and lynched some eighteen people before order was restored. This book offers a compelling account of this little-known event, which ranks among the worst hate crimes in American history. The story begins in the 1850s, when the first wave of Chinese immigrants arrived in Los Angeles in the wake of the 1849 California gold rush. Upon arrival, these immi ... More

Keywords: community associations, Chinese immigrants, Los Angeles, Angelenos, Chinese, Calle de los Negros, See Yup Company, Sing Ye, riot, hate crimes

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199758760
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199758760.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Scott Zesch, author