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August 17

Chinese in the Napa Valley:The Forgotten Community That Built Wine Country

John McCormick shared the impact of the Chinese in the development of the Napa Valley.

Chinese in the Napa Valley

Chinese laborers were once the backbone of the Napa Valley. Throughout the late 1800s, they toiled in the grape fields, mines, hop farms, leather tanneries and laundries, and carved out neighborhoods in towns throughout the Valley. These contributions did little to deter discrimination and Anti-Chinese Leagues sprang up to harass and intimidate these immigrants. In 1882, the Chinese Exclusion Act hastened the decline of local Chinatowns and these once vibrant communities disappeared while the industries they helped to foster flourished.

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