San Francisco Chinatown

San Francisco Chinatown
A Guide to Its History and Architecture





"San Francisco Chinatown in the Huffington Post"
Nov 24, 2013

San Francisco Chinatown is among the winners this year of an American Book Award, which celebrates the diversity of the country's literature.

- Huffington Post

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


Philip Choy explores real Chinatown
Jan 9, 2013

An interview with Philip Choy.

- Bek Phillips, San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate.com

KQED: Forum Interview with historian Philip P. Choy
Jan 7, 2013

Philip P. Choy is interviewed.

- KQED: Forum

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


"New Book Tells Rich History of San Francisco's Chinatown"
Oct 26, 2012

An interview with Philip P. Choy.

- Cy Musiker, KQED

"Letters and Politics"
Sep 19, 2012

KPFA interviews Philip Choy (at 38:00 mins).

- KPFA, Letters and Politics

"Pagoda Madness: A Native Son counters the myths of Chinatown in a new book"
Sep 5, 2012

An interview with Philip Choy.

- Emily Hunt, SF Bay Guardian

"New guidebook for San Francisco's Chinatown "
Aug 20, 2012

Pete Basofin of The Sacramento Bee announces the release of San Francisco Chinatown in his blog Sac History Happenings.

- Pete Basofin, The Sacramento Bee

"Bay Area authors with new books"
Aug 2, 2012

San Francisco Chinatown in the Books by the Bay column.

- Georgia Rowe, San Jose Mercury News

Excerpt in Huffington Post
Aug 1, 2012

Read an excerpt from San Francisco Chinatown on the Huffington Post: San Francisco page.

- Huffington Post

"Summer books: History and biographies"
Jun 3, 2012

San Francisco Chinatown is included in the recommended "History and biographies" reading list of the Los Angeles Times.

- Los Angeles Times

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