Scrapbook created by Hattie Pinckard, a school-teacher from Springfield, Illinois, during her vacation to Los Angeles, California, in 1906. While portrayals of Chinatowns in the West were mostly negative, many of today’s Chinatowns have become tourist attractions and valued examples of cultural diversity. BEINECKE RARE BOOK AND MANUSCRIPT LIBRARY, YALE UNIVERSITY.
Chinatowns developed worldwide as Chinese immigrants settled to seek new lives abroad. Once considered ghettos for the poor, today’s Chinatowns