2006 - Vol. 29 No. 1
Chinese American Grocers of Southern California
Wong Ah Gow: The Life of a Chinese Merchant
in Ventura County, 1853-1929
Since the 19th century, Chinese American groceries have been part of the California landscape. Like their laundrymen counterparts, Chinese grocers depended on self-labor and long hours to build their economic success. Like restaurants, groceries were divided into two overlapping subcategories: those that serviced the Chinese community and those that serviced the mainstream community.