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San Francisco Chinatown Family Associations, Tongs, and Gangs

  • September 17, 2022
  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Meet across from the elevators in Portsmouth Square above the garage
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To register, we prefer you pay online via the black "REGISTER" button. But you may mail the coupon and a check by snail mail.  Vaccination, booster and mask required, but may be changed later. This will be a private, docent-led walking tour focusing on the cultural role and functions of Family Associations, Tongs, and Gangs in the life of the San Francisco Chinese community.

Pulled and pushed from the far southeast part of China from 1849 onward, young Chinese men went to the gold fields only to find that discrimination forced them to either work as laborers or return to San Francisco, but not to look for gold. Settling in San Francisco's Chinatown many joined the Family Associations, Tongs, and Gangs that largely controlled the neighborhood. Walk along Chinatown's streets and alleys and dive into the colorful and sometimes violent history of this period.

Note: Content may not be appropriate for children under 14 years of age.

Parking available at the Portsmouth Square Garage.  Meet across from the elevators in Portsmouth Square above the garage, which is between Washington, Kearney and Grant streets. Here is the starting point -

Tour Leader- O'Neil Dillon

Date- September 17th, 2022.

Time- 10 AM.

Length- 1.5-2 hours

Group Maximum 20 

Group Minimum 8

Cost- $35 ($5 for scholarships)

Place- San Francisco Chinatown.

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