Chin's restaurants: A legacy of breaking down barriers

Full story: Eureka Times Standard

Fifty-five years ago, Ben Chin came to Eureka, looking to buy a restaurant. What he found was lingering anti-Chinese sentiment rooted in events that occurred nearly 70 years prior.

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#1
May 4, 2009
 
"Although many see the expulsion incident as an ugly reminder of a violent and racist past, the Chins see it as a reminder to be kind to one another."

It's amazing how many people in this area still don't understand such a concept as to be kind to one another.
Steve J

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#2
May 4, 2009
 
More evils of white americans. you self hating PoS writer. How pathetic can you be?
LibertyLady

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#4
May 4, 2009
 
I had no idea of the history behind Chin's. I have tried to visit many of the restuarants since moving to this area over 20 yrs ago, and Chin's is [[still]] my favorite ~ we go out to eat about once a month or so, trying different paces, but every 3rd-4th time we end up at Chin's. Even thought it is only 3-5 times a year, they still know my name when I go in.
Anon

Eureka, CA

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May 4, 2009
 
Ship Off Hatrid wrote:
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I'd prefer to ship all the ignorant haters off to some deserted island. There is no room for hate in this county either get over it or move.
...Very well said.....I've known Ben and Mary Chin for 20+ years now. They are just as kind now as they were back then.
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#8
May 4, 2009
 
Thanks for this nice story. The next time one of the "noble logger" long-timers tries to tell me about how their values are superior to the values of the "60s newcomers," I think I may mention this story of Eureka's racism.
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May 4, 2009
 
Anonymous wrote:
Thanks for this nice story. The next time one of the "noble logger" long-timers tries to tell me about how their values are superior to the values of the "60s newcomers," I think I may mention this story of Eureka's racism.
You obviously find what you want to find whether it is there or not. Per the article it was the noble loggers who invited the Chin family to the area. Eureka's racism was born in the greed of the gold rush. The recent discussion to honor Bret Harte in Arcata, rather than McKinley, has its roots in that desire to heal relations between peoples.

Hooray for the Chin Family! Generations of family whom we are proud to call friends and neighbors.
sageplant

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#10
May 4, 2009
 
Informative article. Thank you TS.
tom tom

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May 4, 2009
 
I moved to Eureka in 1954 and lived with my sister and her husband for a year and one of the first restaurants we went to was Chin's. It was located on lower 5th Street next to Tony Liska's blacksmith shop. I came from Fresno and there were lots of Chinese restaurants there and my best friend was a Japanese American who was put in a interment camp in northern Calif.



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#13
May 4, 2009
 
Oh, please! It was a private economic opportunity in one of the few countries on earth that allows it!
ACLU needs an E

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May 4, 2009
 
history brief..

In February 1885, the racial tension in Eureka broke when a member of two rival Chinese gangs accidentally shot and killed a Eureka City Councilman in the crossfire between the two opposing tongs (gangs). This led to the convening of an angry mob of 600 Eurekans and resulted in the forcible, permanent expulsion of all 300 Chinese residents of Eureka's Chinatown (a one block area). The Chinese did not return to Eureka until the 1950s.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eureka,_Californ...
Money

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May 4, 2009
 
Mike wrote:
Oh, please! It was a private economic opportunity in one of the few countries on earth that allows it!
All people have rough times when you look into the history.

I'm not saying these aren't good people, but an economic opportunity was the drive here. One of his daughters owned Hansens care home in Fortuna several years back? Money, money, money. She didn't provide enough food and basic necessities to the 20+ people living there. No training to workers, all about the money. Sickening.
I have a heart for peoples struggles, but I have no tolerance for those who choose to make others struggle, and don't care, for their own profit.

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