Renowned architect, lecturer and historian of Chinese America, Philip P. Choy, celebrates the release of his new book with an appearance at the Chinese Historical Society of America Museum.

To document the rise of the oldest Chinese enclave in America, Choy has fastidiously collected historical and contemporary photographs of significant neighborhood sites, breaking down the local architecture building-by-building.

For curious locals and tourists, Choy’s San Francisco Chinatown: A Guide to Its History and Architecture can be used as a guide to the history of Chinatown and exegesis of the pragmatic reasons behind the transformation of the neighborhood into an exoticized tourist locale after the 1906 earthquake.

See Philip P. Choy at the Chinese Historical Society of America Museum at 1 pm on Saturday, August 11. RSVP for the event on Facebook.