Kaiser Health News staff writer Sarah Varney, working in collaboration with NPR, reports: "Chinatown here is a city within a city. Built by immigrants in the latter half of the 19th century, Chinatown was a refuge from the era’s vicious prejudice. But the crowded blocks of Chinatown were also somewhat of a prison. Chinese residents feared leaving the area after dark, and they were barred from local schools and the city’s hospitals -- even during an outbreak of bubonic plague in San Francisco. It was painfully clear that when it came to medical care, they had to provide for themselves" (Varney, 2/6). Read the story.
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