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Asian Migration and Global Cities

Anne Cong-Huyen, Jonathan Young Banfill, Katherine Herrera, Samantha Ching, Natalie Yip, Thania Lucero, Randy Mai, Candice Lau, Authors

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Mapping the City: San Francisco

I received this map from under the transit section. This map is especially helpful for those who are local  because it indicates all the routes one can take to get to your desired destination.

It is more informational on how to get around rather than where many locations are. It doesn't include the tourist landmarks but instead includes the schools, parks, tunnels, lakes, and hospitals. It tries to distinguish the differences between the bus lines but with so many colors going on, it is not so easy on the eyes if a person from out of town looked at this map. The use of this map is for transportation purposes. 

This map that I created demonstrates the unseen history and discrimination of the Chinese immigrants of San Francisco.

In my map, I have illustrated the long roads of the Transcontinental Road, specifically the Central Pacific region, in which many Chinese laborers have worked so hard and have died for. This illustrated the first wave of the Chinese immigrants who have came here to America in hopes to attain the American Dream. The long strand of road stretches across the entire Nevada state, which exemplifies one of the first tasks the Chinese had done when coming to a foreign land full of dreams and promises.

I've also outlined Chinatown to give a better illustration of where most of the rich Chinese history was happening. The red lines I've indicated are the alleyways in which most illicit Chinese activities were happening such as brawls during a Chinese gang, gambling houses, and brothels. Whatever Chinatown is depicted as today from the Western perspective, therein lies a history that immigrants have done in order to stay alive in the society.

I've indicated on my map the International Hotel, a major resource for incoming immigrants and Asian laborers. This place allowed housing for struggling workers and became a safe haven for those with similar challenges to connect and help each other out. Unfortunately the hotel was forced to be demolished due to the urban renewal movement.

Chinese Chamber of Commerce, also known as the Chinese Cultural Center, focuses on the similar struggles that the I-Hotel once faced. They are an association that deals with helping people with affordable housing while trying to maintain the cultural values within Chinatown to ensure the residents feel welcomed and intact with their roots.

I've chosen to do this map because Chinatown has been thought of as a collective whole. When people hear Chinatown, they automatically think "dim sum" or "cheap" or "Asians." But where does this connotation come from. The objective of this map is to demonstrate that there is a history behind Chinese immigrants people refuse to remember.
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