Joe Upton

Joe Upton is a doctoral researcher in Chinese American literature at the University of Sussex.

Two women cross in front of red lanterns hanging on Grant Avenue in Chinatown in San Francisco.

How an Earthquake Sparked the Invention of Modern-Day Chinatown

There’s a reason that Chinatowns across the globe bear a strong resemblance to one another. It started with a temblor in 1906.