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"Gold Mountain, Big City: Ken Cathcart's 1947 Map of San Francisco's Chinatown", Presented by Jim Schein (6:00 pm PST)

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Wed, February 17, 2021
06:00PM - 07:30PM
Zoom, San Francisco CA 94115
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This event is brought to you free of charge courtesy of The Stanford Women's Club of San Francisco.
Ms. Suzanne Sande Mrlik, '84

Join us for a virtual and vividly illustrated presentation of Jim Schein's new book,  Gold Mountain, Big City: Ken Cathcart's 1947 Illustrated Map of San Francisco's Chinatown. The map in book form provides viewers with a unique opportunity to experience the history of Chinatown through a new, immersive lens. Each quadrant of Cathcart's map - which doubles as a guide for explorers of the book - is supplemented by never-before-seen black-and-white photographs and meticulous research.

Schein will share a PowerPoint slide show of 140 images outlining the book, the 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.

Celebrated as a visually noteworthy new book for 2020 by the New York Times, Gold Mountain, Big City comes with a folding edition of the map in a rear pocket.

Jim Schein lives in San Francisco and is the owner and operator of Schein & Schein Old Maps Store along with his wife, Marti Schein.

Books available through Alexander Book Company.

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