A new book explores the contributions of Chinese workers in Napa Valley

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The St. Helena Historic Society’s first program of 2023 will give attention to a brand new guide concerning the forgotten contributions of Chinese language employees in Napa Valley.

John McCormick will talk about his guide “The Chinese language in Napa Valley: The Forgotten Group That Constructed Wine Nation” at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, January 25, on the Museum Heritage Middle, 1255 Oak Ave.

Chinese language employees had been as soon as the spine of Napa Valley. All through the nineteenth century they had been a significant workforce in vineyards, fast silver mines, hop farms, leather-based tanneries, and laundries. They arrange neighborhoods in cities all through the valley, together with St. Helena. These contributions did little to discourage discrimination, and anti-Chinese language leagues emerged to harass and intimidate immigrants like Chan Wah Jack, who ran the profitable Sang Lengthy division retailer in Napa’s Chinatown.

McCormick, who grew up in Napa and is the descendant of 5 generations of Napa Valley residents, earned a bachelor’s diploma in engineering from UC Berkeley and a grasp’s diploma in historical past from Harvard College.

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The guide retails for $23.99. It’s revealed by Arcadia Publishing, which has additionally launched books resembling “Photos of America: St. Helena,” “Photos of America: Angwin and Mount Howell,” “The Napa River,” and “The Jewish Heritage of the Napa Valley.”

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