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Leading SF Chinatown magazine of the 1930s, 24 scarce issues  

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Chinese Digest 24 Issues
San Francisco

24 of 31 monthly and quarterly issues: Vol. 3  (Jan. Feb., Mar., May, June, July, Sept., Oct., Nov., 1937); Vol. 4 (Jan., Feb., Mar., Apr., May, June, July, Oct., Nov, 1938), Vol. 5 (Jan.. Feb., May-June 1939), Vol. 6 (Jan. and Apr.-Sept. 1940) 20-24pp. each. Illustrated.

The most important English-language magazine of San Francisco Chinatown on the eve of World War II.

After a year as a weekly magazine (see 1935-36 listing) the Digest resumed in 1937 as a monthly, with a different editor, intending to be “the one and only medium, Chinese or English, through which the contemporary history of the Chinese in America is being chronicled, with special attention to the activities and progress made by a second generation…the American born.” In the spring of 1939, the failing periodical was suspended for a half year until Chinatown civic leader (and Hollywood actor) Chingwah Lee became editor and attempted to save the Digest as the quarterly journal of a “Chinese Cultural Society of America”. His effort was in vain. The last issue appeared in the summer of 1940.

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