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Posted by helen (203.109.224.119) on March 26, 2006 at 04:24:19:

In Reply to: Re: Old Chinese Cemetery Uncovered in Los Angeles posted by helen on March 26, 2006 at 04:23:33:

Last summer, workers found the skeletal remains of 108 people just outside the Evergreen Cemetery, one of the city's oldest and grandest burial sites.A few weeks ago, the MTA told a community review board, which includes members of the Chinese Historical Society of Southern California, that the agency's archeological study found that the majority of the remains were from people of Asian descent.Three-quarters of the remains were adults and most were male. The finding supports the belief among Chinese American historians that the bones belonged to Chinese male sojourners who died a century ago at a time when immigration laws sought to reduce the Chinese population by prohibiting Chinese women from entering the country.The workers also found rice bowls, jade bracelets, Chinese burial bricks, Asian coins and opium pipes.Historians have long believed that there was a potter's field for Chinese workers in Boyle Heights but did not know precisely where. The last known public record of the cemetery was from the 1920s.The discovery has generated excitement within the Chinese American community along with concern about the way the MTA has handled the find.Irvin Lai, one of the historical society's longest-serving members, said the remains belonged to men who lived at a time when Chinese were relegated to the lowest rung of society."They treated the Chinese just as bad when they were dead



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