Stanford exhibit of San Jose's lost Chinatown brings archaeology out of the laboratory


Free to the public and running until June 30, City Beneath the City offers a glimpse into one of the largest Chinese communities in America in the 19th century. The Exhibit displays fragments of a lost city – wooden toothbrushes and combs, buttons and leather shoes, ceramic bowls and soup spoons. These are the remnants of the once thriving Chinatown community destroyed in an arson fire in 1887. Designed by artist and Stanford alum Rene Yung, “City Beneath the City” explores the historical tensions that underlie today’s Silicon Valley. For more information about the exhibit, see (Photo courtesy of Stanford Report and Keith Baker Photography.)