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Sweet Cakes, Long Journey: The Chinatowns of Portland, Oregon Paperback – May 1 2004

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: University of Washington Press (May 1 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0295983833
  • ISBN-13: 978-0295983837
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
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An engaging read..Wong's detailed account of Portland is invaluable for the comparative insights it offers into the better known Chinatowns of California and New York.

(American Historical Review)

Engagingly written and richly informative, [this] is a welcome and important addition to Chinese American history.

(Western Historical Quarterly)

A very impressive book. It makes an important and original contribution to our understanding of Asian American history, urban history, and the specific history of Portland, Oregon. Thanks to the diligence and skill of Marie Rose Wong, the Chinatowns of Portland may finally receive the serious attention of historians that they have long deserved.

(Oregon Historical Quarterly)

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The history of Portland’s Chinatowns from their early beginnings in the 1850s until the repeal of the Chinese Exclusion Act in the 1940s.

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Very Good! Jan. 14 2005
By Lorn Richey - Published on
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This has got to be the most in-depth book on the creation of a Chinatown (or any neighborhood for that matter) in the United States. Anyone interested in community development, the Asian American experience, or Chinese immigration to the U.S. should read this book. Very good black and white photos, maps, and reproductions of old documents.
Very factual. Could use a different title. July 4 2014
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I was hoping there would be more anecdotes to this book given the title. Although Marie Wong does include plenty of interesting political occurrences between communities, the back to back litigations begin to become repetitive. Still fun to indulge in history, nonetheless.
what I was looking for July 11 2014
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