A Pictorial Walk Through
the 20th Century
The Asian American in Mining
Chinese-Americans in the Gold Fields
Chinese miners were among the tidal wave of immigrants
seeking fortunes in the California Gold Rush
California State Library Photo
The story of the Chinese experience in the American West is one of struggle against adversity, racism, and even violence. Yet the Chinese persevered and in time made their own place in the New World and their own important contributions to the changing face of America.