Building 640 at the Presidio in San Francisco

Building 640 at the Presidio in San Francisco
Information Source for the Military Intelligence Service Historic Learning Center

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

China Town Tour

Yesterday we went on a tour of China Town. It was really interesting because I did not know there was an official tour. So I got to learn about China Town's famous alleyways and its history. It was interesting to learn about Asian's fight for equal school systems. The history books discuss African Americans' fight and struggles, but I never learned about Asian history in my elementary and middle schools. In high school, I learned a little about World War II and the Japanese, but not as much as Civil War and Civil Rights.

Another interesting fact, which by the way is mentioned in the Japan Town tour is that the fortune cookie is actually a Japanese American invention. The inventor was Makoto Hagiwara, proprietor of the San Francisco Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park. So the theory is that when the Japanese were in internment camps, the Chinese adopted the fortune cookie and gave them out as dessert, so they were able to popularize it.

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