The Times podcast: Why we forget U.S. violence toward Chinatowns

A plaque titled "Chinese Massacre" inlaid in a sidewalk
A plaque along Los Angeles Street near the Chinese American Museum downtown commemorates the 1871 massacre that killed 18 Chinese people. This was a central site of the massacre.
(Mel Melcon/Los Angeles Times)

This fall, a commemoration in downtown Los Angeles marked the 150th anniversary of when a mob lynched 18 Chinese men and boys — one of the biggest such killings in American history.

The recent memorial comes in a year when many similar remembrances have bloomed across the United States. Anti-Asian hate crimes have soared during the pandemic, but that has also spurred an interest in learning the long, and long-hidden, history of such bigotry.


Host: Gustavo Arellano

Guest: L.A. Times columnist Frank Shyong

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The racist massacre that killed 10% of L.A.’s Chinese population and brought shame to the city

White residents burned this California Chinatown to the ground. An apology came 145 years later

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