Skip to main content

Howe (James Wong), Photographs of San Francisco's Chinatown, 1944

Owning Institution: UC Berkeley, Bancroft Library

About this Collection

The Photographs of San Francisco's Chinatown collection contains 29 photographs taken by James Wong Howe during World War Two documenting the assimilation of Chinese Americans. The collection is only a portion of a larger group of photographs commissioned by magazine in 1944 "to get behind the tourist front" of San Francisco's Chinatown. The collection features various workers, children, soldiers, and youth in an attempt to illustrate the degree to which Chinese Americans had been assimilated into mainstream American culture and were thus supportive of the United States' war efforts. Included among the photographs are scenes of Chinese American home life, schooling, recreation, dining, and work places such as a newspaper press, child care center, telephone switchboard, construction site, pawn broker, and various offices.... View collection guide.

View our statement on digital primary resources and historical description.

Type of Item

29 items found in this collection

of 2
of 2