The Chinese Historical Society of New England (CHSNE) offers Historic Chinatown Walking Tours, which is designed primarily to visit sites in the neighborhood that have significance in the founding and development of Chinatown in downtown Boston. Tour guides will provide information about the early settlers and how they were integrated into the broader Boston community. The growth of the community will be discussed through the tour as well as the impact of public policies on the community through highway and institutional expansion and urban renewal. This tour focuses on Chinatown prior to 1965.
In 1965 Congress passed and President Johnson signed the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965. This was a watershed event in our history because it allowed unprecedented numbers of Chinese and other immigrants to come to America after many years of exclusion. Boston’s Chinatown, like many other Chinatowns across the country, was forever changed in terms of its social, demographic, economic, and cultural characteristics. Special tours can be arranged for groups to cover topics of particular interest, such as community growth since 1965.