Made possible by a Friends of the Oakland Public Library mini-grant, Check Your Shelf: The Oakland Public Library Podcast, invites listeners to take an inside look at OPL. In this miniseries, Dorothy Lazard (Oakland History Center) brings her Fall History lecture series to you.
Episode 3: William Wong, Author of Oakland's Chinatown
Dorothy interviews Oakland journalist William Wong. His books Oakland's Chinatown and Yellow Journalist: dispatches from Asian America are celebrated by scholars and local history buffs alike, and offer a window into the history of Asian Americans in Oakland and across America. Join Dorothy and William for a conversation about Chinatown in the mid-20th century, the COVID-19 crisis, and this era of gentrification.
Books by William Wong
Dorothy's Recommended Reads:
Hometown Chinatown: the history of Oakland’s Chinese community/ L. Eve Armatrout Ma
- The Chinese of Oakland: unsung builders / by L. Eve Armentrout Ma with Jeong Huei Ma
- Oakland's San Pablo Avenue Chinatown: a compilation of research to aid the upcoming archaeological sensitivity study and treatment plan to be drafted by the archaeological contractor for Forest City's Uptown redevelopment project/ prepared by Anna Naruta
- Oakland’s Old Chinatown Holds Clues to the Past
- Visit Oakland’s Chinatown Page
Featured in this Episode:
Dorothy Lazard, Oakland History Center Librarian
William Wong, Journalist and Author
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Got a local history question for Dorothy or the Oakland History Center? Email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (510) 238-3134.