El Paso in El Paso County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
El Paso's Chinese Community
The Chinese contributed to the area's economy largely by growing and selling fruits and vegetables for the local market, and by opening businesses, including laundries and restaurants. The mostly-male sojourners sent earnings to families in China, with the intention of returning home.
While retaining their native culture through language (most spoke the Toishonese Dialect), food, community associations and traditions, the newcomers also adopted area languages and customs. The immigrants experienced discrimination, but faced fewer problems here than did the Chinese in other parts of the United States.
Chinese continued to migrate to El Paso into the 20th century. During the Mexican Revolution, General John J. Pershing brought hundreds of Chinese into the United States for their protection from racial violence. They were legally allowed to
Erected 2008 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 16051.)
Location. 31° 45.552′ N, 106° 29.291′ W. Marker is in El Paso, Texas, in El Paso County. Marker is on West Mills Avenue, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 110 West Mills Avenue, El Paso TX 79901, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Site of United States Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Historic Sidewalk Clock (within shouting distance of this marker); The First United States Soldiers to Be Stationed at the Pass of the North (within shouting distance of this marker); El Camino Real (within shouting distance of this marker); San Jacinto Plaza (within shouting distance of this marker); Hotel Cortez (within shouting distance of this marker); The Woman's Club of El Paso (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); LULAC (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in El Paso.
Categories. • Asian Americans • Settlements & Settlers •
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