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Fiddletown from Gold Rush to Rediscovery By Elaine Zorbas
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FIDDLETOWN, a quintessential California mining town, began with an irreverent name, a large Chinese population, and high hopes for the future. Follow its colorful evolution, as it passed from its... More > glory days to a forgotten village to its rediscovery as a viticultural area and historic site.< Less
Banished & Embraced By Elaine Zorbas
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Chinese from southeast China flocked to towns and encampments in the Sierra Nevada foothills during the Gold Rush to search for gold. In the communities they established in Fiddletown and Amador... More > County, Chinese immigrants found support and strength despite prevailing anti-Chinese prejudice. This book gives an insight into their experience as they faced pressures from the greater society, while maintaining their customs and connections with each other and with China. The story of the Fiddletown Chinese community is told through the lives of the people who lived in its still existing Chinese herb store (the Chew Kee Store), especially Jimmie Chow, the last Chinese person in Fiddletown.< Less

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