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Living History Celebrates the Contributions of Asians
May 12 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm$8
Celebrating the Contributions of Asians in California History
On Saturday, May 12, from 10 am to 3 pm Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park will celebrate the many contributions made by people of Asian descent who came to California during and after the Gold Rush.
At 11 am Karun Yee will speak about the contributions made by Chinese immigrants to California and the Sierra Nevada Foothills. Yee’s late husband was a descendant of the Yee family who settled in Fiddletown in the 1850s. She has served as the past chair of the Chinese American Council for over 15 years and helped research, write, and edit Canton Footprints by Philip P. Choy, which advocates the idea that it was America’s interest in trade with China that helped facilitate the influx of Chinese to California.
At 1 pm, the American River Conservancy will be hosting a dedication ceremony at the gravesite of Matsunosuke Sakurai in the Pioneer Cemetery on Cold Springs Road. The dedication will include a service by a Buddhist monk, the story of Sakurai, and the dedication of a new marker on his grave. Following the ceremony, visitors are invited to visit the Wakamatsu Farm, which is approximately two miles south of the cemetery at 941 Cold Springs Road.