San Francisco in San Francisco City and County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
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. Touch 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. Touch for directions.
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 Historic Shipwrecks - Lost at the Golden Gate (approx. ¾ mile away); Electric Streetcar Line (approx. one 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). Touch for a list and map 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.
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 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
Reference: Lies Across America, Loewen, James W. (1999, Simon & Schuster, New York) pgs. 53-55.
— Submitted November 30, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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