Item #18487 1915-1926 Three Generations of Chinese American Family in San Francisco Photo Archive, Son Being an Early Asian American Graduate at Stanford University. Photo Archive American Chinese.
1915-1926 Three Generations of Chinese American Family in San Francisco Photo Archive, Son Being an Early Asian American Graduate at Stanford University
1915-1926 Three Generations of Chinese American Family in San Francisco Photo Archive, Son Being an Early Asian American Graduate at Stanford University
1915-1926 Three Generations of Chinese American Family in San Francisco Photo Archive, Son Being an Early Asian American Graduate at Stanford University
1915-1926 Three Generations of Chinese American Family in San Francisco Photo Archive, Son Being an Early Asian American Graduate at Stanford University
1915-1926 Three Generations of Chinese American Family in San Francisco Photo Archive, Son Being an Early Asian American Graduate at Stanford University
1915-1926 Three Generations of Chinese American Family in San Francisco Photo Archive, Son Being an Early Asian American Graduate at Stanford University
1915-1926 Three Generations of Chinese American Family in San Francisco Photo Archive, Son Being an Early Asian American Graduate at Stanford University
1915-1926 Three Generations of Chinese American Family in San Francisco Photo Archive, Son Being an Early Asian American Graduate at Stanford University
1915-1926 Three Generations of Chinese American Family in San Francisco Photo Archive, Son Being an Early Asian American Graduate at Stanford University
1915-1926 Three Generations of Chinese American Family in San Francisco Photo Archive, Son Being an Early Asian American Graduate at Stanford University

1915-1926 Three Generations of Chinese American Family in San Francisco Photo Archive, Son Being an Early Asian American Graduate at Stanford University

Photo Archive

Archive of 326 silver gelatin photos of a Chinese American family in various parts of Northern California dated between 1915-1926. The photos are affixed to thin tan paper album pages. Some photos are loose. Images are crisp and clear. Photos measure between 1.75" x 2" to 4" x 6" pasted onto pages measuring 6.75" x 9". Images represent a family of affluent and educated young men and women, young children, and elderly family members engaging in activities that represent the Chinese American diaspora after the great San Francisco immigration in which Chinese citizens faced heavy discrimination until the mid 20th century. This archive shows a thriving Chinese American family assimilating into an American society that sought to reject their prosperity. The photos show well dressed men and women smiling together in nature or gathered by buildings in multiple cities across Northern California. Hand written inscriptions in fountain pen detail the events transpiring as well as their location and date. One image of a recurring gentleman in a three piece suit leans against a Romanesque column with the inscription below "Attending Stanford 22". Juxtaposed is an image of a young boy "1915 Fresno" assuming it's a depiction of his growth from a hopeful adolescent into an educated man. Though Stanford was one of the first universities to allow Asian Americans, in 1918, a Chinese freshman attempted to move into the dorms and was forcibly thrown out by white students. The outraged Chinese community rallied together to construct a clubhouse on campus, where Chinese students could live while studying at Stanford. The intertwining of cultures is apparent with the younger generations dressed in the trendiest of western fashions of the 1920s while the older generations are shown in traditional cheongsams and tang suits. The more candid representations show a celebration of Chinese Independence Day with tens of Chinese Americans in 1920's Western attire gathered in the streets watching an array of cars that hold signs in Chinese and American flags, women in elaborate traditional headdresses and silk robes, a parade of younger and older adolescents adorned with ribbons march, one sign reads "We are brothers." Other photos show a carnival held at the Chinese hospital, an American parade with decorated floats, and Chinese families attending Sunday schools and a Presbyterian church. Despite the difficulties that come with adapting from one culture into another, one collage shows various images cut into floral shapes with the inscription "We are all happy". One photo shows a young Chinese woman in her graduating robe and cap, though we are uncertain if she is graduating from highschool or university. We can see that the family was of an affluent background as one photo showcases their large scale home back in Canton, present day Guangzhong with the inscription written en verso "A part of the tennis court and house for the workers are visible. Shows bamboo trees, banyon, banana..." The locations range from Fresno to San Francisco, Oakland to Sacramento. An image depicts members of the family posed next to a statue of the Star Spangled Banner writer, Francis Scott Key, in Golden Gate Park. There are many photos of young Chinese women gathered together, some photos of young Chinese men gathered together, with a few of the friends being American men. These photos were taken during a time period where the Chinese Exclusion act was still in effect with immigrants being held at camps, and when the majority of Chinese families were forced to live separately from the rest of society in what we know today as "Chinatowns", of which we see the original Chinatown of San Francisco in the background of multiple photos. This collection showcases a family pushing through the struggles that come with adapting to American life while still holding true to their Chinese heritage. Some pages have missing photos. Overall very good condition.

Item #18487

Price: $3,800.00