The California Delta, in the heart of the state, is the only place in America where the Chinese have maintained a sustained presence for nearly a century and a half. Here, immigrants from China transformed swampland into one of the richest agricultural regions on earth. This is their story, about how they came and thrived despite hardship and discrimination, an experience that has been both bitter and sweet.
Narrated by Kelvin Han Yee, the story of "Bittersweet Roots" begins in the 1850s, when thousands of Chinese fortune-seekers from the southern provinces of China, rushed to "Gam San," or "Gold Mountain," to discover their future. Arriving in San Francisco, they quickly make their way to the mines more than 100 miles away.
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