In the 1800's, when the Chinese came to California, their point of entry was San Francisco. They designated San Francisco, Dai Fow (Big City), Sacramento was known as Yee Fow (Second City) and Marysville was called Sam Fow (Third City).
In February of 2007, St. Hope 40 Acre Gallery hosted a Panel Discussion, "Telling Our Story: The Chinese in California." The discussion began with the moderator, William Wong, a pioneer among Asian American journalist and Bay Area native, stating Sacramento should be designated Dai Fow (The Big City), not San Francisco, since so much of the significant events in Chinese-American history happened here regionally. All of the distinguish panel, Timothy P. Fong Ph.D., Flo Oy Wong, Gang Situ, Jon Jang, and Jerry Fat, most who were from the Bay Area, agreed.
Sacramento is currently designated as Yee Fow (Second City). But, since the beginnings of Sacramento, with the influence of Kearney's Workingman's Party and the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, there has been a climate of omission in Sacramento in regards to commemorating the contributions of the Chinese both locally and throughout California.
Some of the most significant events in Chinese-American and California history are attributed to the Chinese that originally came from Sacramento's very own Chinatown known as China Slough, for example:
Currently, at the Sacramento Rail Road Depot there is a minimal plaque, California's historic landmark #594, the site of China Slough, which dates back to Sacramento's Chinatown of the 1800's.
A mere plaque is not enough.
We applaud the efforts of the California State Historical Resources Commission's involvement in the development of Angels Island to include the experience of the Chinese that were held there. We strongly feel the contributions of the Chinese from the China Slough era deserve the same level of recognition.
Sacramento would be remiss to overlook the potential a Yee Fow Museum would provide. It would be a companion to the California Indian Heritage Museum and contribute to the city's concept of a Museum Mile.
Marysville Chinese population is less than 0.2% but generates major revenue from featuring the Bok Kai Temple and their Bok Kai Festival. Locke has become a worldwide destination point because of its status as the only town in the United States built exclusively by the Chinese for the Chinese.
China is the new superpower, corporate America is strategically building relationships and partnering with the global powerhouse. A YEE FOW MUSEUM will position Sacramento as a friendly partner. In a February 17, 2007 article in the Sacramento Bee's Business Section, Associated Press writer, Ryan Nakashima, reports that in Las Vegas, even with the NBA All-Star game in town for the first time and the President's Day holiday falling on the same weekend, the business people are focused on celebrating Chinese New Year to cater to the Chinese consumer. "I'd say Chinese New Year was more important." says John Unwin, general manager of Caesar's Palace when as to the importance of the NBA All-Star game. On February 18th, 2007, even the most successful search engine, Google, had transformed their logo to include the Year of the Pig!
The YEE FOW MUSEUM will be located in the Railyard, home to the Chinatown of China Slough. The YEE FOW MUSEUM will be:
More about the YEE FOW MUSEUM will be included on this site as time progresses.