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Early Chinese in Carson City

Click the phonograph at the left to hear the following passage in Chinese.

"Good morning.  My name is Katie Pollock.  In Cantonese my name is lun lab duck.

In the early 1900s there were as many as 800 Chinese in the Carson City area.  Few were women and children.  The men came to seek their fortune in the land of the golden mountains.  These Chinese performed many useful tasks for the lowest wages.  They also worked mine tailings whenever they could.  In the 1950s, however, there remained only 6 elderly Chinese as they were mistreated and driven away.  Today, there are about 100 orientals residing in Carson City out of a total population of 50,000.  The Chinese are still indeed in the minority."

Reader: Katie Pollock

Photo Credit:
Nevada Department of Transportation