History Department


History 303: Research and Writing Seminar in History


Andrew Morris


This paper examines the history and unique experience of Ah Louis and his children and their effects on making the area of San Luis Obispo and Cal Poly more accepting to Chinese and Chinese Americans. The paper will also examine past and current issues of discrimination towards Chinese and Chinese Americans at Cal Poly and in the area of San Luis Obispo in comparison to the state of California. The oldest son of Ah Louis, Young Louis, was incredibly instrumental in creating acceptance at Cal Poly and the community through his founding and work in the Chinese Student Association. The success of the families influence was due to their ability to assimilate to American culture. The increase of immigrant Chinese students that spurred Young Louis to create the Chinese Student Association was due to elite anti-Communist Chinese leaving China for uncertainty in the future.

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