Film & Talk: The Pioneering Fishing Community of Pacific Grove
Learn about the history of Monterey Bay's pioneering fishing community at Point Alones in Pacific Grove. Hopkins librarian and historian Don Kohrs will briefly discuss Tuck Lee Quock: his relationship with scientists, and his impact on marine biology research. One of Quock's great-granddaughters, Gerry Low-Sabado, will give the main presentation, including a 19-minute documentary By Light of Lanterns: An Untold History of Monterey Chinese Fishermen.*
Point Alones (now the site of Hopkins Marine Station) was one of the first and most significant Chinese settlements in California. This once-thriving fishing village, founded in the 1850s, played a vital role in the economic and cultural development of the region. However, caught in the crosshairs of the statewide anti-Chinese immigration movement, this coastal settlement of more than 500 men, women and children was eventually forced out of existence by a “mysterious” 1906 fire and subsequent eviction by the corporate landlord. Ultimately, the village and the innovative contributions made by its occupants to the economic and cultural advancement of the region were all but forgotten.
This film and talk will be held at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History, Admission is free for museum members; $5 for the general public (at the door).
*The film was created by students of the Teledramatic Arts and Technology Department at California State University, Monterey Bay.