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San Francisco's Chinatown Alleyways Tour

Curious to see beyond the touristy veneer of San Francisco’s Chinatown and get to know the community and its people? Join Stanford students and alumni for a personalized walking tour of the oldest Chinatown in the United States.

Local youth guides from the award-winning Chinatown Alleyway Tours program will take you off the main streets and into the alleyways to learn about the daily life, rich history, and modern-day issues of this special neighborhood. We will take you back to the past, highlight the struggles and triumphs of our community, and share our personal stories about preserving Chinatown. If you are interested in learning more about the strength of communities and human connections, then come see the neighborhood through the eyes of local community members and join us for an intimate walking tour through the many alleyways of Chinatown.

As part of the tour, we will stop by the Chinese Historical Society of America, housed in the landmark Julia Morgan-designed Chinatown YWCA building and visit the current exhibit, "Work of Giants: Chinese Railroad Worker Project", a Stanford-initiated project that recognizes the stories of the descendants of known Chinese railroad workers who helped to build the American West.

Since May is Asian Heritage Month, we will celebrate with a 50% discount on this tour for Stanford-affiliated students, alumni, and friends.

Tour Highlights

  • Youth guides’ personal stories of the community
  • Community advocacy and heroes along the way
  • New development and what shapes the community
  • Exhibit of Chinese Railroad Workers in North America Project at Stanford University
  • …and, of course, history, fun facts, tidbits, and fortune cookies!

This event is co-hosted by Chinatown Alleyway Tours (CATs), a non-profit, youth-run, youth-led program sponsored by the Adopt-An-Alleyway Youth Project, the Stanford Human Cities Initiative, and the Chinese Railroad Workers in North America Project at Stanford University.

Earlier Event: March 11
Stanford+Connects Shanghai
Later Event: May 27
HumanCities@China