San Francisco Chinatown

San Francisco Chinatown
A Guide to Its History and Architecture




Press Reviews

See California

"Philip P. Choy, 86, who was born and raised there, peels back the facade in Chinatown so outsiders can peek inside, learn its true identity and its amazing history"


International Examiner

". . . what a treasure trove we have in Philip P. Choy, native son, architect and renowned Chinese-American historian. Without question, he is the authority on San Francisco Chinatown's history and unique architecture, and this book . . . is long overdue. . . . the most comprehensive, informative, authentic and practical guidebook on San Francisco Chinatown around."—Judy Yung, noted historian of Chinese-America and reviewer for The International Examiner


City Book Review

"Part history book and part tour guide, San Francisco Chinatown is definitely niche, but wonderfully so. In it, Choy quickly outlines the history of San Francisco as a whole, then jumps into a section by section investigation of the city's famous Chinatown… San Francisco Chinatown whets ones appetite to learn more about Chinese-American history."

—Evelyn McDonald


San Francisco Chronicle

"Philip P. Choy's 'San Francisco Chinatown: A Guide to Its History and Architecture' is just what local and out-of-town tourists have wanted and needed.  . . . Aficionados of San Francisco architecture, whether Chinese or Italian, and tourists from distant lands or from nearby North Beach will love Choy's guidebook. History buffs will be amazed by the wealth of lore, legend and radiant fact."

—Jonah Raskin


Beyond Chron

"Choy's book is easily read while walking, and fits easily into a jacket pocket. His descriptions are typically no more than two pages and are always accompanied by a large photo . . . I emphasize these qualities because the most important feature of a guidebook is that it is useable. And Choy has met this test."

—Randy Shaw