【6/3/2021】CAPA-NoVA Distinguished Chinese American Project

Look Tin Eli (陆润卿) (1870–1919) was a Chinese-American businessman, born in Mendocino, California, who achieved much success in San Francisco’s Chinatown, especially after the 1906 earthquake.

As early as 1907, two Chinese immigrants, Look Tin Eli and Lew Hing, founded the Canton Bank in San Francisco to assist the Chinese community with financial resources and support community rebuilding and development following the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire. Chinese immigrants, then ineligible for citizenship through naturalization, were denied loans and other financial services by established banks. Canton Bank’s founders astutely identified the unmet demand for banking services in the Chinese American community: a year after its founding, Canton Bank was the principal bank for more than 100,000 Chinese immigrants in the US and Mexico.

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By Xi Su

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