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 existence, got here to St. Louis. A decade later, Lee used to be joined by way of a number of hundred of his countrymen from San Francisco and big apple who have been looking jobs in mines and factories in and round St. Louis. each one of these chinese language staff lived in boardinghouses situated close to a highway 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 highway, forming St. Louis Chinatown. Hop Alley survived with impressive resilience and effort until eventually 1966 whilst city renewal bulldozers leveled the world to make a carpark for Busch Stadium. a brand new suburban chinese language American neighborhood has been quietly, but quickly, rising because the Nineteen Sixties within the kind of cultural neighborhood, the place the chinese language church buildings, Chineselanguage faculties, and neighborhood companies function the infrastructure of the community.

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