Most Americans have had Chinese food all their lives. Chinese food arrived with the first immigrants in the 1840s, looking to strike it rich panning for treasure in “Gold Mountain” — what America was called in China. The cuisine was first cooked up by and for the immigrants themselves, but despite racism against the wave […]
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On Saturday, April 16, 2022, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock gave an official apology — for something that happened in 1880. He apologized for the anti-Chinese race riot of October 31, 1880 known as The Chinatown Riot. The event destroyed much of what had been a thriving Chinatown district in what is today the thriving entertainment […]
The story of immigrants to the United States is often hazy in history. We learn about Columbus and later, the pilgrims, but not so much about other arrivals to our shores (or the African slaves, or the indigenous peoples who were already here). Immigration from China to America began in earnest in 1849, when gold […]
Did you know there are more than 30 Asian ethnicities in the Denver area? There are not just Chinese, Japanese, Koreans, Vietnamese and Indians (South Asians) here. There are many other identities that fall under the Asian American Pacific Islander label: Cambodians, Lao people, Mongolians, native Hawaiian, Burmese, Pakistani, Filipino and more. And the easiest […]