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The Burning of Chinatown

James C. Mohr

in Plague and Fire

Published in print December 2004 | ISBN: 9780195162318
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199788910 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195162318.003.0011
 The Burning of Chinatown

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On January 20, 1900, freak winds turned the burning of a small plague site into a major conflagration. In a matter of hours, the fire spread from the area around Kaumakapili Church throughout the Chinatown district, completely destroying the homes and possessions of over 5,000 Chinese, Japanese, and Hawaiian residents, who were herded to detention camps. The Japanese and Chinese consuls cooperated with the Board of Health to maintain order until the army could be called in.

Keywords: fire; Kaumakapili Church; Chinese; Japanese; Hawaiian; detention camps; Board of Health

Chapter.  6057 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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