Gold Mountain, Big City: Ken Cathcarts 1947 Illustrated Map of San Franciscos Chinatown
Author: Jim Schein
Publisher: Cameron Books
Publish Date: March 24, 2020
Dimensions: 9.2 X 13.0 X 0.9 inches | 2.95 pounds
"Beginning with an elaborately illustrated hand-drawn novelty map of San Francisco Chinatown, supplemented by the mapmaker Ken Cathcart's own photographic explorations of the community in the 1930's and 40's, this beautifully produced volume presents an up-close and personal portrait of a formative time and a lost place." Bill Lee
This colorful and celebratory time capsule of San Francisco's Chinatown--the largest Chinese community outside of Asia--shares the stories of the unique businesses, culture, and people encountered by map illustrator Ken Cathcart between 1939 and 1955. Each section of this stylized map, supplemented by Cathcart's never-before-seen black-and-white photographs, is explained in meticulous detail, revealing glimpses of the immigration story universal to America and exploring the struggles, triumphs, and enduring legacy of this vibrant community.