Chinatown, Stockton

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Stockton Chinatown
Neighborhood of Stockton
Coordinates: 37°58′32″N 121°18′03″W / 37.97556°N 121.30083°W / 37.97556; -121.30083
Country  United States
State California
County San Joaquin
City Stockton
ZIP Code 95205
Area code(s) Area code 209

The U.S. city of Stockton, California is home to a small Chinatown on Chung Wah Lane, East Market Street and East Washington Street. In 1906, Stockton's Chinatown "... had the largest Chinatown in California with over 5,000 inhabitants..." due in large part to the 1906 San Francisco earthquake that caused a "... swelling [of] the Chinese population in Stockton." [1]


On Lock Sam, the city's oldest restaurant was founded in 1898. The community was once quite large but, after development in the 1950s and 1960s and the construction of the Crosstown freeway, businesses moved, buildings were demolished, new buildings were built, and the community changed forever. There is still a Chinese New Year Parade merged with the Vietnamese New Year celebrations.[2][3]


  1. ^ "The San Joaquin Historian" (PDF). 
  2. ^ "Spirit of Stockton’s Chinatown". 
  3. ^ "Stockton’s Japantown, Chinatown, & Little Manila: Japanese American Businesses of 1940" (PDF).