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Lecture – Chinese Abalone Merchants and Fishermen in 19th Century Santa Barbara

July 27, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Join us for a talk with archaeologist Linda Bentz that highlights Chinese abalone harvesting activities on the Channel Islands — a little-known history of California’s foodways. Bentz will discuss the fisheries and trade network founded by Chinese immigrants that connected the Californian coast to China during the nineteenth-century. Archival records and archaeological data from the article, Chinese Abalone Merchants and Fishermen in Nineteenth-Century Santa Barbara, California: A Study of Export Networks, co-authored with Todd J. Braje will be presented during the lecture.

This program is presented by the Friends of the Chinese American Museum with the Chinese Historical Society of Southern California, El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, and Gateway to Nature Center – Western National Parks Association.

This program is free and open to the public; however, RSVPs are kindly requested. To RSVP, visit Eventbrite or email rsvp@camla.org. Check our website for other public programs and events.


July 27, 2019
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


Gateway to Nature
130 Paseo De La Plaza
Los Angeles, California 90012 United States
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