Becoming Chinese American: A History of Communities and by Him Mark Lai

By Him Mark Lai

Selection of essays via Chinese-American student Him Mark Lai; released in organization with the chinese language historic Society of San Francisco.

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This literature survives with early photography to support the work of the CCC during the New Deal, restoring the mission chain throughout the Golden State by implementing the application of the newly formed Index of American Design, a modern compendium of academia, artists, and researchers. ) 45 This 1960s postcard gives an aerial view of Mission Santa Bárbara and St. Anthony’s seminary, built in 1901, and their classic architecture. ) The carved Spanish Colonial mission doors and elaborate entry into the large chapel of the mission were recorded by the Historic American Building Survey during the 1930s at Mission Santa Bárbara.

52 Revealing the beautifully carved wooden statues of the reredos, the main altar had been reconstructed around 1876, but the original, smaller altar and tabernacle, along with other authentic relics, were acquired after the founding from the other missions and stored for safekeeping. ) A padre, in pensive study at the mission garden courtyard, is depicted in a postcard from around 1960. Due to the importance they placed on literacy and recording daily activities, Mission Santa Bárbara was perhaps the most successful of all California missions guided by a long lineage of Franciscan friars.

Both locations were serviced by the beloved Fr. Mariano Payéras until his death in 1823. ) 57 Mission La Purísima Concepción is the 11th in the chain and last of the Channel Missions. A distance from the main trails of modernity, the mission’s restoration is evident in this photograph from 1940. It had by then become a California State Historic Park with 10 of the original buildings completed, including the church, shops, quarters, and blacksmith shop. ) The California State Historic Park represents many original industries run by local Chumash Indians, who readily assimilated skills and crafts, adopting Spanish iron and steel tools.

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