Magazine article Sunset

Culture California

Magazine article Sunset

Culture California

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In California, currents converge and cut new streams. Asian Pacific sensibilities permeate California's landscape from one end to the other, in its major cities--San Francisco, Sacramento, Los Angeles, San Diego--its rural outposts, and even the Silicon Valley.

CALIFORNIA'S STATE PARKS

The traditions of Californians of Asian and Pacific Islander descent are remembered and shared throughout California State Parks' monuments, historic parks, museums and visitors centers. The centerpiece of the China Camp State Historic Park is China Camp, the oldest (1880s) and last Chinese fishing village on San Francisco Bay. A small cluster of preserved buildings remains from the Chinese shrimp-fishing village. Tour historic structures and an interpretive display to get a feeling for life in the 20 to 30 fishing villages that once flourished in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Also located in San Francisco Bay, Angel Island State Park's Immigration Station was the first stop for immigrants crossing the Pacific. Between 1910 and 1940, hundreds of thousands of immigrants from China, India, Japan and Korea were stationed, quarantined, questioned and processed at this historical site. Echoes of their journeys and trials are recorded on the walls.

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Built in 1863 to serve a community of 10,000 Chinese, the Oroville Chinese Temple and Garden in Oroville is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and as a California Historical Landmark. A self-guiding tour includes three chapels for the religions of Taoism, Confucianism and Buddhism. See extensive tapestries, costumes and treasured puppets of the Chinese Opera Theatre. Enjoy tea in the garden in May. …

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