The Faces of Chinatown (Updated over a year ago)
KPIX documentary film from 1963, written by Richard Dillon, which reviews the history of San Francisco's Chinatown from the 1840s through to the early Twentieth Century, using b&w still photographs and voiceover narration from Dillon. Includes descriptions of: how Chinese emigrants mainly from Guandong Province settled around Grant Avenue; how the Chinese Six Companies organization developed to provide community leadership following the 1873 economic depression; how Police Chiefs Theodore G. Cockrill and Henry H. Ellis reacted to anti Chinese sentiment and violence; the work of the Chinatown Squad; the July 23rd 1877 'Riot Night'; the Tong Wars; how criminal gangs such as the Hatchetmen controlled organized crime in Chinatown and how the original settlement was completely destroyed by the earthquake of 1906. The Executive Producer of this film was Ray Hubbard and the music was composed and performed by Harry Partch.
Tags: 1877 riot night, 1906 earthquake, chinatown, chinatown squad, chinese american civil rights, chinese six companies, dennis kearny, grant avenue, guandong province, harry partch, hatchetmen, henry h. ellis, richard dillon, theodore g. cockrill, tong wars, v63822-1
Added to San Francisco Bay Area Television Archive on September 22, 2011.
- Originally aired on: KPIX-TV
- Date aired: 1963
- Recording medium: 16mm b&w, optical sound film
- Rights for this video belong to: CBS5 KPIX-TV
- Duration: 24:11
- Type of material: documentary film