Enter the Dragon

In the Chinese zodiac, 2024 is the Year of the Dragon, and this month’s Perspectives is bookended by an advertisement for the San Francisco Chinese New Year Parade and a parade dragon head, both from the collections of the Chinese Historical Society of America. San Francisco’s celebration is the oldest such event held outside Asia, developing from a small community affair into one of the city’s most notable annual events. Along with the parade, the 2024 New Year celebrations in February will include a flower market fair, a street fair, a basketball tournament, the Miss Chinatown U.S.A. pageant and coronation ball, and the Chinatown YMCA Run/Walk. With our members gathering in San Francisco this month for AHA24, we are grateful to the Chinese Historical Society of America for sharing this history with our readers.

Image courtesy Chinese Historical Society of America

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Perspectives on History December 2024 Cover.


L. Renato Grigoli, editor
Laura Ansley, senior managing editor
Lizzy Meggyesy, research and publications assistant
Alexandra F. Levy, communications manager
Liz Townsend, manager, data administration and integrity