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China Beach

灘海國中

 
 
China Beach Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jordan Yee AKA "Ranger Yee", circa December 2009
1. China Beach Marker
Inscription. Since Gold Rush times, this cove was used as a campsite by many of the Chinese fishermen who worked in and around San Francisco Bay. Their efforts to supply the needs of a young city helped establish one of the area's most important industries and traditions.
 
Erected 1981 by Henry & Diana Chung Family.
 
Location. 37° 47.238′ N, 122° 29.45′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Marker is on Seacliff Avenue near End of Seacliff, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. The Golden Gate Parks Conservancy describes the location of this site thus, "The tiny cove of China Beach lies between Baker Beach and Lands End.". Marker is in this post office area: San Francisco CA 94121, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Western Terminus of the Lincoln Highway (approx. half a mile away); Frances E. Willard (approx. half a mile away); "The Holocaust" (approx. half a mile away); The Arrival of the First Japanese Naval Ship (approx. 0.6 miles away); Historic Shipwrecks - Lost at the Golden Gate (approx.
China Beach Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jordan Yee AKA "Ranger Yee", December 2009
2. China Beach Marker
China Beach lies very close to the opening of the Golden Gate. To the east is the Golden Gate Bridge and the San Francisco Bay waters.
¾ mile away); Navigating the Golden Gate - Bonfires, buoys, and foghorns (approx. 1.1 miles away); Heavy Cruiser USS San Francisco (CA38) (approx. 1.2 miles away); This Memorial to Rear Admiral Daniel J. Callaghan (approx. 1.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in San Francisco.
 
More about this marker. The Golden Gate Parks Conservancy says this on its website about China Beach, "Legend has it that local residents named China Beach for the Chinese fishermen who, long ago, anchored their junks in the cove and camped on the beach."

The historian Ronald Takaki has stated that new scholarship indicates that the Chinese may have been the first commercial fishermen active in San Francisco waters.
 
Additional comments.
1. The Rest of the Story
Chinese fishing from China Beach came to an end in the 1890s. “In 1880 California passed “An Act Relating to Fishing in the Waters of this State”: “All aliens incapable of becoming electors of this state are hereby prohibited from fishing, or taking any fish, lobster, shrimp, of shell fish of any kind, for the purposes
View from China Beach at the waterline looking East image. Click for full size.
By Jordan Yee AKA "Ranger Yee", December 2009
3. View from China Beach at the waterline looking East
According to the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (NPS) "In the late 19th century Chinese fishermen anchored their boats in this wind-protected cove and camped on the shore."
of selling, or giving to another person to sell...” Conveniently, only Chinese were aliens not eligible to vote.” While this bill was declared unconstitutional, the legislature continued to pass similar measures. “White thuggery” eventually forced the Chinese out of fishing.
The beach was ‘renamed’ Phelan Beach, in honor of three-term San Francisco mayor and US Senator (1915-21), James Phelan. As San Francisco mayor, Phelan allowed a blockade and quarantine of Chinatown, and as US. Senator, Phelan supported laws prohibiting Japanese from owning land in California.
Reference: Lies Across America, Loewen, James W. (1999, Simon & Schuster, New York) pgs. 53-55.
    — Submitted November 30, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.

 
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