We had come to this dry area . . . and we had paused in it and built our houses and we were slowly creating the legend of our life. We were digging for water and we were leading streams through the dry land. We were planting and ploughing and standing in the midst of the garden that we were making.

~ William Saroyan

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Chinese Heritage in Fresno County

Three Chinese girls holding hands in Fresno's Chinatown, circa 1907

This digital exhibit traces the history of Chinese settlement in Fresno County from the days of the Gold Rush through the early decades of the twentieth century. From the discrimination faced by Chinese in the first county seat at Millerton to connections with the homeland, these documents and images outline the local Chinese experience in the late nineteenth century. By 1900, Fresno’s Chinatown was well established west of the railroad tracks. This small community found a way to maintain their cultural heritage and traditional celebrations amidst Americanization efforts by local missionaries. Click here to explore Chinese Heritage in Fresno County.


This exhibit was made possible through the research and writing of Fresno State graduate interns Cameron Scott and Rosalee Mouanoutoua.

Last Updated Friday, September 21, 2018 - 05:39 AM.