History & Culture
Our Ethnic Heritage
Immigrant Nationalities of Santa Clara County
Unless we all start from the premise that we are innocently ignorant
of the background and conditions of the rich cultures in our
midst, and are challenged to rise to new levels of human understanding
and humane relations, we suffer the possibility of engaging in
insensitive or even discriminatory behaviors.
Silicon Valley Cultures Project
A fifteen year ethnographic study of the cultures living and
working in the hi-tech communities of Silicon Valley.
History Community Resources
KQED has long list of resources in the Bay Area to assist you
in studying Black History.
A History of Black Americans in California
Although Afro-American people were comparatively few in number
before World War II, they were settled throughout the state and
made significant contributions to its development and growth.
National Park Service.
Island: Immigrant Journeys of Chinese-Americans
Between 1910 and 1940, there were as many as 175,000 Chinese
immigrants detained and processed at Angel Island, San Francisco
Bay, California. Unlike Ellis Island in New York's harbor, Angel
Island is a visible reminder of a shameful period in U.S. immigration
Your one-stop information source on the historical, political,
demographic, and cultural issues that make up today's diverse
Asian American community. You can almost think of Asian-Nation
as an online version of "Asian Americans 101."
Pacific American Heritage
A complete study of the role of Asian immigrants in the history
of California. From KQED.
Chinese Historical &
Based in Santa Clara County, California, it was founded in 1987
as a non-profit organization to promote and preserve Chinese
American and Chinese history and culture through community outreach
A History of Chinese Americans in California
Amid the increased numbers of Chinese immigrants in recent years,
it should be remembered that not all Chinese Americans are recent
Germans & Swiss
General Sutter, as he was generally known, was forced to flee
his creditors in Switzerland at the age of 30. Ten years later,
in California, he was the "ruler of the Saccramento Valley,
founder of New Helvetia, a small sovereign." After the discovery
of gold on his land, he lost everything.
A History of Mexican Americans in California
The roots of the Chicano experience stretched back some three
centuries to 1519 when Spaniards and their Indian allies carried
out the conquest of the Aztec Empire in central Mexico and established
what they called "New Spain." National Park Service.
Irish History Page
It is fashionable today, in some circles, to ignore, or at least
minimize, the contributions of anyone from Europe. My intent
is to point out, in a small way, how important the Irish were
to the development of this state.
of Japantown, San Jose
Japanese, new to the country, eventually chose to build their
wooden buildings next to Chinatown. Because the Chinese had already
settled there, the environment was more familiar to them.
A History of Japanese Americans in California
How the National Park Service selects sites to show the history
and contributions of Japanese in our state. A site both to find
history and directions to historical sites.
California Powwow Calendar
Large Pow Wow: American Indian Heritage Celebration, September 13, 2014, at Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, 344 Tully Road, San Jose, CA.
California Cultures: Native Americans
At the time of Spanish colonization in the late 1700s, California was home to more than 300,000 native people in more than 200 tribes. Their centuries-old way of life was brought to an end relatively quickly: native Californians soon established regular trading relationships with the Spanish, increasing coastal groups' power and prestige, giving them greater leverage in dealings with inland groups.
Muwekma Ohlone Tribe of the San Francisco Bay Area
Based in Milpitas, CA, and San Jose. The present-day Muwekma Ohlone Tribe is comprised of all of the known surviving American Indian lineages aboriginal to the San Francisco Bay region who trace their ancestry through the Missions Dolores, Santa Clara, and San Jose; and who were also members of the historic Federally Recognized Verona Band of Alameda County.
Ohlone Costanoan Esselen Nation
Presently Ohlone Costanoan Esselen Nation represents over 600 enrolled tribal members of both Esselen and Carmeleno descent from at least 19 villages from a contiguous region surrounding Monterey Bay.
Short Overview of California Indian History
One manner in which we can seek to understand aboriginal California Indian cultures is to look at the tribes inhabiting similar climatic and ecological zones.