Butte County California Chinese Immigrants

CHICO'S CHINESE


THE PHOTOGRAPHS



The images in this collection (47 images) are described in the Balch Institute collection as Chinese men residing in Chico from the mid-1870’s until the late 1890’s. (1899 is the date when the last photograph was taken.) The names on one of the photographs could not be read and five photographs did not contain information to identify the person in the image. The information written on the verso (non-image side) of the other 41 photographs--what could be deciphered--has been noted in detail below. Handwritten data, used to identify the individual represented, and the “white” individual’s declaration or “affidavit” is not always clear. Our definition contains a question mark (?) where the names were not clear. Successive periods (…) appear when some letters could not be deciphered accurately.


The decennial census figures for Chinese living near the town boundaries were consistently poorly reported. Typically the United States census provided large undercounts for Chinese nationals or other “minority populations.” Any statistical use of this data is suspect. Data relating to individuals may be accurate, but raw data numbers should only be used when corroborated by other documented sources. For instance, the 1900 census of Chico lists 57 Chinese in Old Town and 21 in New Town. Leading up to that year the photographs presented in this study would represent nearly one-half of the complete male population. Being able to photograph such a large group individually would be very unusual.


As this brief study will show, many inaccuracies and/or false information seem to have been recorded on the photographs by the white signatories. This leads us, in many situations, to seek corroboration by other sources.


Person's Name
Image Number

LIST OF PHOTOGRAPHS

(click on the photograph number for image/details)

Ah Chung
114/43c
Ah Gee
114/3
Ah Hayong
114/19
Ah Hin
114/35
Ah Hong
114/25
Ah Hun
114/5
Ah Jeung
114/29
Ah Woon
114/32
Boo Sang ...g(?)
114/27c
Charlie Hoy
114/36
Chew Ah How
114/49
Chong On
114/8
Coon Shoy
114/15
Foo Chee
114/28
Fook Sing
114/44c, 114/33
Gee Pong
114/17
Gung Sing
114/46
Hing
114/26
Hon Kung
114/2
How Ah Dew
114/48
Hoy Lee
114/6
Hung Goon
114/47
Jim Gee
114/13
Jung Ching
114/7
Lee Ding
114/4
Lee Yun
114/23
Leong Gun
114/31
Quong Hung
114/9
Sam Yuen
114/37
Tung Foo
114/20
Wong Chung Dung
114/34
Wong Fun
114/1
Wong Goon
114/38c
Wong Kong
114/18
Wong Ning
114/24
Wong Ning
114/21
Wong OK
114/45
Wong Quong
114/16
Wong Yon
114/10
Yee Louis Sing
114/22
Yuen Fook Toy
114/30
No Name #1
114/12
Name unreadable
*
No Name #2
*
No Name #3
*
No Name #4
*
No Name #5
*



* These photographs were determined to have been taken in another part of the country and were not part of the Chico population.