Senator Yee to chair important hearing to discuss future of
Sacramento’s railyard redevelopment
SACRAMENTO – The Senate Select Committee on
Asian Pacific Islander Affairs will host their first hearing on
Thursday, June 28, 2007 at 10:30 AM, State Capitol, Room 3191,
Sacramento, California. Several historians of Chinese American
history will give presentations to the committee and discuss a
proposed Chinese American Museum for the Sacramento railyard.
The downtown railyard, which is the same area of Sacramento’s first
Chinatown, is a 240-acre site set for redevelopment.
“From the levees to the railroads, Chinese immigrants have
significantly contributed to major developments in California,” said
Senator Leland Yee, Chair of the Select Committee. “This
hearing will give me and my colleagues an opportunity to hear the
emotional stories of Chinese American history in California and
allow us the opportunity to find better ways to recognize this
history and the accomplishment of Chinese Americans.”
California is home to the largest Asian population outside of
Asia itself. The rich history, culture and contributions of
Asian Americans have played a large role in building this state.
Because of this long history, California is a natural ally to most
countries in Asia and a place of predilection for immigrants.
Chinese immigrants, one of the earliest populations coming from
Asia to locate in California, have been instrumental in the
development of cities such as San Francisco and Sacramento.
Beginning in the 1850’s, Chinese immigrants settled on the
Sacramento river banks along I Street from Second to Sixth
streets. The newcomers called Sacramento, “Yee Fow,” or second
city. This area along the river banks, also called China
Slough because of the concentration of Chinese encamped along its
shore, became the center of the Chinese Community.
Scheduled to attend the hearing are representatives from the
Sacramento Archives, California State Library, Ethnic Studies
Department of the Sacramento State University, Chinese Culture
Center of Locke, Chinese American Museum of Northern California,
Sacramento API Chamber of Commerce, Union Pacific Railyard Company,
Organization of Chinese Americans, and San Francisco State
Contact: Adam J. Keigwin,