Oxnard’s Chinese Community
A Time Line - by Linda Bentz
Maulhardt and Ed Borchard
approach the Oxnard Bros. to build a beet sugar factory in Oxnard. The Oxnard
brothers already had factories in Colorado,
Nebraska, and Chino
California. The Oxnard Bros. agreed to build a
of the American Beet Sugar Factory begins.
Beet Sugar Factory completed.
Fire Insurance map lists approximately 10 buildings as “Chinese Quarters”
located on Saviers Road (currently Oxnard
Blvd) between 5th and 6th
enumerations state that 253 Chinese settlers live in the area that
includes Hueneme, El Rio, etc.
early deed was granted to Lim Lung in Oxnard
for all of lot 18 in block U (currently Oxnard
Blvd. between 7th and 8th
incorporated on June 30, 1903.
Chinese quarter is called China Alley.
This area was also called the Red Light District.
raid China Alley and arrest gamblers.
enumerations state that 125 Chinese settlers live in Oxnard.
- Erle Stanley Gardner, author of Perry Mason series,
practices law in Oxnard and
defends members of the Chinese community.
Chinese Fire Brigade is in place. The
date it was established is currently unknown.
Alley consists of two restaurants, a saloon, a barber shop, a pool room,
and a few grocery stores.
Kong Tong, a Chinese Association Hall, was in place in the community. The date of its inception is currently
unknown. This association is
currently in operation in Oxnard.
enumerations state that 87 Chinese settlers live in Oxnard.
Soo Hoo, future mayor
of Oxnard is born. He is one of the first males of Chinese
decent born in Oxnard.
Chinese settlers live in Oxnard
according to prominent resident Hall Soo Hoo.
Golden Chicken Inn opens on the corner of Oxnard
Blvd. ad 7th
Hall Soo Hoo is
one of the partners in the establishment.
This restaurant is currently in business and is one of the last
remaining Chinese structures in the former Chinese community.
of the last fires fought by the Chinese Fire Brigade at Roosevelt
than 30 Chinese settlers remain in Oxnard.
Chinese houses demolished to make room for
Soo Hoo becomes mayor
of Oxnard. He is the first mayor of Chinese decent
Ventura County Chinese American Association is formed. This Club is a cultural association that
bridges old and new generations of Asian Americans and helps to maintain
Ventura County Chinese American Historical Society is formed, under the
auspices of the Ventura County Chinese Association, to research, document
and honor Chinese American settlers in Ventura
Chinese community in Oxnard
continues to grow and flourish.