Chinatown, Salem, Oregon

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Chinatown was an area roughly bounded by Northeast Ferry, Liberty, State and High streets, in Salem, Oregon, in which a high concentration of Chinese residents lived during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Chinese people came to Salem at first from the California goldfields, becoming numerous in the 1870s, living in "hovels abandoned by white tenants".[1] In the 1890s, like other Chinatowns along the West Coast, the area was considered by non-Asians to be the source of sexually transmitted disease.[2] Around 1905 the city council ordered a block of Chinatown on Liberty Street between Court and State Streets, and some other properties, to be condemned for "health and police concerns".[1][3] One newspaper said Chinatown's "end" came in 1903. By 1920, there were 72 Chinese residents in the area, down from its peak of 367 in 1890.[4]

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  1. ^ a b "Salem's Chinese Americans", Salem online history, Salem Public Library, retrieved 2017-10-09
  2. ^ Oharazeki, Kazuhiro (2016), Japanese Prostitutes in the North American West, 1887-1920, University of Washington Press, p. 101
  3. ^ Mauldin, Frank (2004), Sweet Mountain Water: The Story of Salem, Oregon's Struggle to Tap Mt. Jefferson Water and Protect the North Santiam River, Oak Savanna Publishing, p. 245, ISBN 0974866806
  4. ^ Capi Lynn (September 30, 2017), "Chinese shrine rediscovered, again, at Salem's Pioneer Cemetery", Statesman Journal, Salem, Oregon