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Boston Chinatown

Boston's Chinatown

The Chinese Historical Society of New England (CHSNE)'s tour is designed to visit sites in the neighborhood that have significance in the founding and development of Chinatown in downtown Boston. Photos and captions will provide information about the early settlers and how they were integrated into the broader Boston community. The growth of the community will be discussed through the tour as well as the impact of public policies on the community through highway and institutional expansion and urban renewal. This tour focuses on Chinatown prior to 1965.

  • 1.

    Gee How Oak Tin Association

    Gee How Oak Tin Association

    Family associations were created by communities to support recent immigrants

  • 2.

    Tyler Street

    Tyler Street

    An active commercial street, home to many restaurants

  • 3.

    Oxford Street Bulletin Board

    Oxford Street Bulletin Board

    In addition to apartments and organizations, Oxford St had a community bulletin board from c.1900-1970

  • 4.

    Old Quincy School

    Old Quincy School

    The first school in the US to have graded classrooms and current community center

  • 5.

    Chinatown Gate

    Chinatown Gate

    Commonly seen in Chinatowns across the world, the Chinatown Gate represents an entrance to Chinatown

  • 6.

    Chinese Merchants Association Building

    Chinese Merchants Association Building

    Chinese Merchants Association Building (On Leong Building) was built in 1951 as a welcome to Chinatown

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