Lecture and Presentation
on the History
of Newark Chinatown
as researched by Yoland Skeete
Multidisciplinary Arts Center
Liberty Street (at Lafayette Street),
Newark, NJ 07102
973 643.7883 | www.sumei.org
Chinese Laundry appears in downtown Newark.
Chinese New Year celebrated in Belleville, New Jersey.
counts 23 Chinese in Essex County.
Chinese violence flares in Chico, California.
leave Belleville laundry & some move to Newark. Thus begins
Exclusion Act forbids entrance of Chinese laborers into US for
Exclusion Act extended indefinitely.
Arcade completed specifically as housing & businesses for
clash between Chinese & American culture takes its toll.
businesses & 700 families leave Newark Chinatown for NYC
& the suburbs.
to revive Newark Chinatown fails.
2 Chinese families still live in Newark Chinatown.
NJ – 1901
and largest Grocery Store and Chinese Pharmaceutical Company carrying approximately
600 traditional Chinese herbs was located at 209 Mulberry Street. It was
originally located on Houston Street in 1885. It supplied restaurants and families
in the area thru the 1960s, although it changed owners several times.
NJ – 1910
Seymour, widow of ex-Mayor James Seymour, together with the family
of Stephen Crane, civil war author, built the Mulberry Chinatown
Arcade, housing merchants and families.
1901 racial population map of Newark commissioned by
Presbyterian Church in Newark, New Jersey.
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NJ – 1922
3,000 Chinese lived in Newark Chinatown. Raids on
Chinese community under the pretext of finding illegal immigrants
and drugs began to drive the Chinese community out of Chinatown.
NJ – 1933
1,000 people left in Chinatown. Newark Chinese
continued to be subjects of constant harassment. 700 families leave
because of continual raids on the community by police and FBI agents.
Federal Officers and detectives arresting a Chinese man through
a hole they had chopped with axes, in a fence in the Mulberry Arcade.
During one year there had been 42 of these raids on the Chinese
NJ – 2001
Chinese families still live in Newark Chinatown whose ancestors
date back to the 1870’s. They and the recent occupants of
old Chinatown will be displaced in the Spring of 2002 by
an arena built to accommodate the New Jersey Nets.
NJ – 2004
Chinese family still lives in Newark Chinatown whose ancestors date
back to the 1870’s. Occupants of old Chinatown may be displaced
by an arena built to accommodate the New Jersey Sports Teams.