SF Chinatown: Author Talk "Gold Mountain Big City" by Jim Scheinn
NEXT Village wishes you a Happy Chinese New Year as we begin the year of the Ox. We are excited to invite you to a presentation by SF North Beach businessman Jim Schein, about his book “Gold Mountain Big City” about San Francisco’s Chinatown. His book is based on Ken Cathcart’s 1947 Illustrated Map of San Francisco’s Chinatown, which is a colorful and celebratory time capsule of San Francisco’s Chinatown—the largest Chinese community outside of Asia. It shares the stories of the unique businesses, culture, and people encountered by map illustrator Ken Cathcart between 1939 and 1955.
Jim Schein will share images from the book, stories of its making, the 1947 map, and provide an insight into the mid-20th century culture of both San Francisco and the Chinese American diaspora. Gold Mountain Big City drops the reader into a world of curious characters, revealing a glimpse of the immigration story so universal to America in both its celebratory aspects and its darkness.
Presenter: Jim Schein lives in San Francisco and is the owner and operator of Schein & Schein Old Maps along with his wife, Mari Schein. His book is available through Alexander Book Company and Amazon. Schein & Schein Old Maps was opened in 2003 in North Beach. Jim and Mari’s love of maps, history, travel and independence led them to operate Schein & Schein in North Beach for 18 years. They have just recently let go of the North Beach location and have moved the primary business online and invite you shop the inventory on their website at https://www.scheinandschein.com/
This event has been organized by the Stanford Women’s Club of San Francisco, who has invited NEXT Village members and friends to participate.