Check Your Shelf: Fall Oakland History Miniseries feat. Dorothy Lazard

dorothy lazard seated by microphone

Made possible by a Friends of the Oakland Public Library mini-grant, Check Your Shelf: The Oakland Public Library Podcast, invites listeners to take an inside look at OPL. In this miniseries, Dorothy Lazard (Oakland History Center) brings her Fall History lecture series to you.

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Episode 3: William Wong, Author of Oakland's Chinatown

Dorothy interviews Oakland journalist William Wong. His books Oakland's Chinatown and Yellow Journalist: dispatches from Asian America are celebrated by scholars and local history buffs alike, and offer a window into the history of Asian Americans in Oakland and across America. Join Dorothy and William for a conversation about Chinatown in the mid-20th century, the COVID-19 crisis, and this era of gentrification.

Books by William Wong

Dorothy's Recommended Reads:

Community Resources

Featured in this Episode:

Dorothy Lazard, Oakland History Center Librarian
William Wong, Journalist and Author

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has impacted the every day lives of residents in the East Bay. It is important to capture the feelings, memories, and perspectives of people in our communities to accurately preserve this moment in time in our nation and our region. Contribute to the COVID-19 East Bay Community Archive and help us document our history.

Got a local history question for Dorothy or the Oakland History Center? Email, or call (510) 238-3134.