Chinese Dragon Parade
c. 1910
5 in HIGH x 7 in WIDE
(12.70 cm HIGH x 17.78 cm WIDE)
Gift of Mr. Martin J. Cooney

Chinese Dragon

Parade or celebration in Oakland's China Town c. 1910 in front of Chinese and Japanese Bazaar, Yon Yuen Sang & Company Inez Brooks-Myers, January 6, 2011: Although this photogrph may be titled "Chinese Dragon Parade" the creature depicted is not a dragon, but is a lion dog. The lion dog might have danced at the opening of a new store; traditionally it would have been "fed" greens, such as cabbage. Look carefully in the photograph you can see a head of cabbage, near the head of the lion dog.

Picture This Information

This artifiact is part of the OMCA's Picture This website. More about the context and history of this artifacts is available at Picture This

About the Picture This web project: California's Perspectives on American History is a resource for teachers and students to learn about the experiences of diverse peoples of California by using primary source images from the Oakland Museum of California's collections. Organized into eleven time periods spanning from pre-1769 to the present, more than 300 photographs, drawings, posters, and prints tell stories from the perspectives of different ethnic groups. Historical contexts are provided to offer a framework of California's role in relation to American history.

The National Archives state that primary sources, "fascinate students because they are real and they are personal: history is humanized through them." Picture This invites students to examine the historical record, encouraging them to connect history with real people and explore how images tell stories and convey historical evidence about the human experience. History becomes more than just a series of facts, dates, and events.      

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