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Plague and FireBattling Black Death and the 1900 Burning of Honolulu's Chinatown$
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James C. Mohr

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195162318

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195162318.001.0001

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The Burning of Chinatown

The Burning of Chinatown

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Plague and Fire

James C. Mohr (Contributor Webpage)

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On January 20, 1900, freak winds turned the burning of a small plague site into a major conflagration. In a matter of hours, the fire spread from the area around Kaumakapili Church throughout the Chinatown district, completely destroying the homes and possessions of over 5,000 Chinese, Japanese, and Hawaiian residents, who were herded to detention camps. The Japanese and Chinese consuls cooperated with the Board of Health to maintain order until the army could be called in.

Keywords:   fire, Kaumakapili Church, Chinese, Japanese, Hawaiian, detention camps, Board of Health

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