I note the publication of Philip P Choy’s San Francisco Chinatown: A Guide to its History and Architecture. As someone who’s wandered the streets of SF’s Chinatown a few times this would be a good addition to a return trip I suspect. See here an excerpt on the Huffington Post.
San Francisco Chinatown is the first “insider’s guide” to one of America’s most celebrated ethnic enclaves by an author born and raised there. Both a history of America’s oldest Chinese community and a guide to its significant sites and architecture, San Francisco Chinatown traces the development of the neighborhood from the city’s earliest days to its post-quake transformation into an “oriental” tourist attraction as a pragmatic means of survival. Written by architect and Chinese American studies pioneer Philip P. Choy, and featuring photographs and walking tours, the book details the triumphs and tragedies of the Chinese American experience in the United States.