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— by Rachel Myrow: The last Chinatown of Santa Cruz disappeared after the great San Lorenzo River flood of 1955, known as the “Christmas Flood” because it hit on December 22 of that year. Despite the fact there were four Chinatowns in Santa Cruz, they all disappeared into history, destroyed by flood and fire, their inhabitants scattered to other places more welcoming.
An exhibition called Guided by Ghosts brings that story back to life on the walls of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History. Chinese-American artist Tessa Hulls weaves multiple strands of history together with photographs, newspaper clippings, and water colors…
Image courtesy of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History
May 11, 2019