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05/20/21 California City Apologizes for Treatment of Early Chinese Immigrants

May 20, 2021 5:48 PM | Elyse Wong (Administrator)

Mayor Lamar Thorpe, right, and Andrew Li, president of the Contra Costa community college board, holding a proclamation apologizing for the city of Antioch’s early treatment of its Chinese residents (Credit: KTVU).

By Johnny Diaz, NY Times

A California city has apologized for its treatment of Chinese immigrants who came to the city during the state’s gold rush, atoning for its past as a “sundown town” where the Chinese were barred from the streets after dark.

During a special meeting this week, the Antioch City Council unanimously adopted the resolution to issue a formal apology to early Chinese immigrants.

The mayor of Antioch, Calif., said the city was going to designate the site of its former Chinatown as a historic district.

For more information:  read the full 5/20/21 NY Times article.

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