Children of High Class, Chinatown, San Francisco

Lew Kan (Lee Kan) walks with his two sons Lew Bing You (center) and Lew Bing Yuen (right). Lew Kan was a labor manager for Chinese workers in the Alaskan canneries. He also operated a store called Fook On Lung at 714 Sacramento Street between Kearney and Dupont in San Francisco's Chinatown. Mr. Lew was known for his great height, being over six feet tall, and his great wealth. The boys are wearing very formal clothing made of satin with black velvet overlay. The double mushroom designs on the boy's tunics are symbolic of the scepter of Buddha and long life.

Date:
1901 circa 5 years
Original Format:
Photographic Print
Item#:
1900.0045
Photographer:
Arnold Genthe
Height:
1953px
Width:
1445px
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