San Francisco's Chinatown is one of North America's largest Chinatowns. The City and County of San Francisco is the fourth most populous city A Chinatown is a section of an urban area with a large number of Chinese outside the majority-Chinese countries of Greater China. It is also the oldest Chinatown in the United States. Established in the 1850s, it has featured significantly in popular culture venues such as film, music, photography and literature. Music is an Art form in which the medium is Sound organized in Time. Photography (fә'tɒgrәfi or fә'tɑːgrәfi (from Greek φωτο and γραφία is the process and Art of recording pictures by means of capturing Literature is the Art of written works Literally translated the word means "acquaintance with letters" (from Latin littera letter It is one of the largest and most prominent centers of Chinese activity outside of China. China ( Wade-Giles ( Mandarin) Chung¹kuo² is a cultural region, an ancient Civilization, and depending on perspective a National
Chinatown has experienced decline over the years due to the emergence of other large Chinese communities in the Richmond and Sunset Districts of San Francisco, and possibly from the revitalization of Oakland's Chinatown only 10 mi (16 km) away — and from the development of Asian shopping centers throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. The Richmond District is a neighborhood in the northwest corner of San Francisco California. The Sunset District is a neighborhood in the west-central part of San Francisco California, United States, that is primarily residential and is built along a The Chinatown neighborhood in Oakland California is a pan- Asian Neighborhood which reflects Oakland's diverse Asian American community The San Francisco Bay Area, commonly known as the Bay Area, or the Bay, is a geographically and ethnically diverse metropolitan region that surrounds the Nonetheless, it remains a major tourist attraction — drawing more visitors than the Golden Gate Bridge. A tourist attraction is a place of interest where Tourists visit typically for its inherent or exhibited cultural value historical significance natural or built beauty or The Golden Gate Bridge is a suspension Bridge spanning the Golden Gate, the opening of the San Francisco Bay onto the Pacific Ocean
Chinatown is located in downtown San Francisco. It is roughly bordered by Powell Street (鮑威爾街) and the Nob Hill District on the west. Nob Hill refers to a small district in San Francisco California adjacent to the intersection of California and Powell streets (and the respective cable car lines On the east is Kearny Street (乾尼街) and The City's Financial District. Kearny Street in San Francisco California runs from Market Street on the south to The Embarcadero on the north The Financial District is a Neighborhood in San Francisco, California that serves as its main Central business district. On the north is North Beach and Green Street and Columbus Street. North Beach is a neighborhood in the northeast of San Francisco adjacent to Chinatown and Fisherman's Wharf. On the south is Bush Street (布希街) and the Union Square area. Union Square is a Plaza bordered by Geary, Powell Post and Stockton Street in San Francisco, California. Despite its decline, it has been slowly expanding northward into the North Beach neighborhood north of Green and Columbus Avenue.
Within Chinatown there are two major thoroughfares. One is Grant Avenue (都板街), with the famous Dragon gate on the corner of Bush Street and Grant Avenue; St. Grant Avenue in San Francisco California is one of the oldest streets in the city's Chinatown district Mary's Park that boasts a statue of Dr. Sun Yat-Sen; a war memorial to Chinese war veterans; and a plethora of stores, restaurants and mini-malls that cater mainly to tourists. Sun Yat-sen ( November 12, 1866 &ndash March 12, 1925) was a Chinese Revolutionary and political leader often The other, Stockton Street (市德頓街), is frequented less often by tourists, and it presents an authentic Chinese look and feel, reminiscent of Hong Kong, with its produce and fish markets, stores, and restaurants. Stockton Street is a north-south street in San Francisco. It begins at Market Street passing Union Square, a major shopping district in the city Hong Kong ( officially the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, is a territory located on China 's south coast on the Pearl River Delta, and borders Chinatown boasts smaller side streets and alleyways that also provide an authentic character.
Another major focal point in Chinatown is Portsmouth Square. Portsmouth Square ( Chinese 花園角廣場 is a one-block Park in Chinatown San Francisco California that is bounded by Kearny Street on Due to its being one of the few open spaces in Chinatown, Portsmouth Square bustles with activity such as Tai Chi and old men playing Chinese chess. Tai chi chuan (is an internal Chinese martial art often practiced for Health reasons A replica of the Goddess of Democracy used in the Tiananmen Square protest was built in 1999 by Thomas Marsh, and stands in the square. The Goddess of Democracy ( also known as the Goddess of Democracy and Freedom, the Spirit of Democracy ( minzhu jingshen) and The Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 culminating in the Tiananmen Square Massacre (referred to in Chinese as the June Fourth Incident, to avoid confusion with two It is made of bronze and weighs approximately 600 lb (270 kg).
In recent years, other Chinatown areas have been established within the city of San Francisco proper, including the Richmond and Sunset districts. The Richmond District is a neighborhood in the northwest corner of San Francisco California. The Sunset District is a neighborhood in the west-central part of San Francisco California, United States, that is primarily residential and is built along a These areas have been settled largely by Chinese from Southeast Asia. There are also many suburban Chinese communities in the San Francisco Bay Area, especially in Silicon Valley, such as Cupertino, Fremont, and Milpitas, where Taiwanese Americans are dominant. The San Francisco Bay Area, commonly known as the Bay Area, or the Bay, is a geographically and ethnically diverse metropolitan region that surrounds the For the valley nicknamed "Silicone Valley" see San Fernando Valley. Cupertino (ˌkuːpɚˈtiːnoʊ is a Suburban city in Santa Clara County, California, U Fremont (ˈfriːmɒnt is a city in California, USA that was incorporated on January 23, 1956, from the merger of five smaller communities Centerville Milpitas (mɪlˈpiːtəs is a City in Santa Clara County California. A Taiwanese American is an American of Taiwanese ancestry This term also sometimes fluidly applies to those whose parents or relatives are associated with Despite these developments, many continue to commute in from these outer neighborhoods and cities to shop in Chinatown, causing gridlock on roads and delays in public transit, especially on weekends. To address this problem, the local public transit agency, Muni, is proposing to extend the city's subway network to the neighborhood via the new Central Subway. The San Francisco Municipal Railway, commonly known as Muni, is the Public transit system for the city and county of San Francisco California The Central Subway is an extension of the Muni Metro light rail system in San Francisco, California, from the Caltrain commuter rail depot at Muni Metro is a Mass transit system operated in the City and County of San Francisco by the San Francisco Municipal Railway, managed by the San Francisco The Central Subway is an extension of the Muni Metro light rail system in San Francisco, California, from the Caltrain commuter rail depot at
San Francisco's Chinatown was the port of entry for early Taishanese and Zhongshanese Chinese immigrants from the southern Guangdong province of China from the 1850s to the 1900s. Taishan (Chinese 台[[wiktionary 山|山]] Mandarin: Táishān Cantonese: Toisan; Taishanese: Hoisan, Other Zhongshan ( is a Prefecture-level city in the south of the Pearl River Delta in Guangdong province in southern China. Guangdong ( EFEO: Kouangtong; Pinyin Guǎngdōng; Postal map spelling: Kwangtung) is a province on the China ( Wade-Giles ( Mandarin) Chung¹kuo² is a cultural region, an ancient Civilization, and depending on perspective a National The area was the one geographical region deeded by the city government and private property owners which allowed Chinese persons to inherit and inhabit dwellings within the city. The majority of these Chinese shopkeepers, restaurant owners, and hired workers in San Francisco Chinatown were predominantly Taishanese and male. Many Chinese found jobs working for large companies seeking a source of cheap labor, most famously as part of Central Pacific on the Transcontinental Railroad. The Central Pacific Railroad was the California-to-Utah portion of the First Transcontinental Railroad in North America This article refers to a railroad built in the United States between Omaha and Sacramento completed in 1869 Other early immigrants worked as mine workers or independent prospectors hoping to strike it rich during the 1849 Gold Rush. A gold rush is a period of feverish migration of workers into the area of a dramatic discovery of commercial quantities of Gold.
With massive national unemployment in the wake of the Panic of 1873, racial tensions in the city boiled over into full blown race riots. The Panic of 1873 was the start of the Long Depression, a severe nationwide economic depression in the United States that lasted until 1879 In response to the racial violence, the Consolidated Chinese Benevolent Association or the Chinese Six Companies, which evolved out of the labor recruiting organizations for different areas of Guangdong, was created as a means of providing the community with a unified voice. The heads of these companies were the leaders of the Chinese merchants, who represented the Chinese community in front of the business community as a whole and the city government.
The xenophobia, or fear of foreigners (in this case the Chinese), became law as the United States Government passed the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 – the first immigration restriction law aimed at a single ethnic group. Xenophobia is an intense and/or irrational dislike and sometimes fear of people from other countries The Chinese Exclusion Act was a United States federal law passed on May 6 1882 following revisions made in 1880 to the Burlingame Treaty of 1868 This law, along with other immigration restriction laws such as the Geary Act, greatly reduced the numbers of Chinese allowed into the country and the city, and in theory limited Chinese immigration to single males only. The Geary Act was a United States law passed in 1892 written by California Congressman Thomas J Exceptions were in fact granted to the families of wealthy merchants, but the law was still effective enough to reduce the population of the neighborhood to an all time low in the 1920s. The exclusion act was repealed during World War II under the Magnuson Act in recognition of the important role of China as an ally in the war, although tight quotas still applied. World War II, or the Second World War, (often abbreviated WWII) was a global military conflict which involved a majority of the world's nations, including The Magnuson Act also known as the Chinese Exclusion Repeal Act of 1943 was Immigration legislation proposed by U
Not unlike much of San Francisco, a period of criminality ensued in some tongs on the produce of smuggling, gambling and prostitution, and by the early 1880s, the white population had adopted the term Tong war to describe periods violence in Chinatown, the San Francisco Police Department had established its so-called Chinatown Squad. In the United States, a tong (堂 Cantonese Yale: tong4 Pinyin: táng literal hall is the term used for a type of Secret society found In the United States, a tong (堂 Cantonese Yale: tong4 Pinyin: táng literal hall is the term used for a type of Secret society found The San Francisco Police Department, also known as the SFPD, is the police department of the City and County of San Francisco California. One of the more successful sergeants, Jack Manion, was appointed in 1921 and served for two decades. John J (Jack Manion, (1877&ndashMarch 1959 San Francisco Police Sergeant was assigned by Chief Dan O'Brien in 1921 to head up the notorious 16 member Chinatown The squad was finally disbanded in August 1955 by Police Chief George Healey, upon the request of the influential Chinese World newspaper, which had editorialized that the squad was an "affront to Americans of Chinese descent". 
The neighborhood was completely destroyed in the 1906 earthquake that leveled most of the city. During the city's rebuilding process, racist city planners and real-estate developers had hatched plans to move Chinatown to the Hunters Point neighborhood at the southern edge of the city, even further south in Daly City, or even back to China; and the neighborhood would then be absorbed into the financial district. Daly City is a city in San Mateo County, California, United States with a 2000 population of 103621 Their plans failed as the Chinese, particularly with the efforts of Consolidated Chinese Six companies, the Chinese government, and American commercial interests reclaimed the neighborhood and convinced the city government to relent. Part of their efforts in doing so was to plan and rebuild the neighborhood as a western friendly tourist attraction. The rebuilt area that is seen today, resembles such plans. 
Many early Chinese immigrants to San Francisco and beyond were processed at Angel Island, now a state park, in the San Francisco Bay. Angel Island is an island in San Francisco Bay that offers spectacular views of the San Francisco skyline the Marin County Headlands and Mount San Francisco Bay is a shallow productive Estuary through which water draining from approximately forty percent of California, flowing in the Sacramento Unlike Ellis Island in the East where prospective European immigrants might be held for up to a week, Angel Island typically detained Chinese immigrants for months while they were interrogated closely to determine if they were really who their papers said they were. The entire detention facility has been renovated in 2005 and 2006 under a special federal grant.
The repeal of the Exclusion act and the other immigration restriction laws, in conjunction passage of the War Brides Act, allowed Chinese-American veterans to bring their families outside of national quotas, led to a major population boom in the area during the 1950s. War Brides Act was enacted in 1945 to allow spouses and adopted children of US military personnel to enter the U In the 1960s, the shifting of underutilized national immigration quotas brought in another huge wave of immigrants mostly from Hong Kong, which changed San Francisco Chinatown from predominantly Taishan-speaking to Cantonese-speaking. The end of the Vietnam War brought a wave of Vietnamese refugees of Chinese descent, who put their own stamp on San Francisco Chinatown.
Despite the fact that the majority of California's private property owners refused to sell or deed their land to Chinese, there were areas where many Chinese in Northern California living outside of San Francisco Chinatown, could maintain small communities or even individual business, but except for Oakland, they did not set up any special town with shopping and restaurants. Nonetheless, the historic rights of property owners to deed or sell their property to whom was exercised in sufficient numbers to keep the Chinese community from spreading outside of its early development. However, the Supreme Court ruled it was unconstitutional for property owners to deed their rights so that certain groups were excluded. These rulings allowed the enlargement of Chinatown and an increase of the Chinese population of the city. At the same time, the declining white population of the city as a result of White Flight combined to change the demographics of the city. White flight is a term for the demographic trend in which working and Middle-class White people move away from Suburbs Neighborhoods that were once predominately white, such as Richmond District and Sunset District and in other suburbs across the San Francisco Bay Area became centers of new Chinese immigrant communities. The Richmond District is a neighborhood in the northwest corner of San Francisco California. The Sunset District is a neighborhood in the west-central part of San Francisco California, United States, that is primarily residential and is built along a The San Francisco Bay Area, commonly known as the Bay Area, or the Bay, is a geographically and ethnically diverse metropolitan region that surrounds the This included new immigrant groups such as Mandarin-speaking immigrants from Taiwan who have tended to settled in suburban Millbrae, Cupertino, Milpitas, and Mountain View – avoiding San Francisco as well as Oakland entirely. Taiwan ( Taiwanese: Tâi-oân/Tāi-oân (historically 大灣/台員/大員/台圓/大圓/台窩灣 is an Island in East Asia. Millbrae is a city in San Mateo County, California, United States, just west of San Francisco Bay, with San Bruno on the north and Cupertino (ˌkuːpɚˈtiːnoʊ is a Suburban city in Santa Clara County, California, U Milpitas (mɪlˈpiːtəs is a City in Santa Clara County California. This suburbanization continues today.
With these changes came paradoxically a weakening of the Tongs traditional grip on Chinese life. The newer Chinese groups often came from areas outside of the Tongs control. As a result, the influence of the Tongs and criminal groups associated with them, such as the Triads, grew weaker in Chinatown and the Chinese community in general. Triad ( also known as) is a term that describes many branches of Chinese underground society and/or organizations based in Hong Kong and Macau and also However, the presence of the Triads remained significant in the immigrant community, and in the summer of 1977, an ongoing rivalry between two Triads erupted in violence and bloodshed, culminating in a shooting spree at the Golden Dragon Restaurant on Washington Street (華盛頓街). Five persons were killed and 11 were wounded, and the incident has become infamously known as the Golden Dragon massacre. The Golden Dragon massacre took place in San Francisco California on September 4, 1977 inside the Golden Dragon Restaurant. The restaurant still stands today and remains a popular dim sum restaurant for tourists. Dim sum is the name for a Chinese cuisine which involves a wide range of light dishes served alongside Chinese tea.
While the neighborhood continues to receive newer immigrants and maintains a lively and active character, suburban flight has left the neighborhood relatively poor, decrepit in many parts, and largely elderly. Grant Avenue has changed completely into a tourist street.
In recent decades, Cantonese-speaking immigrants from Hong Kong and Mainland China has gradually led to the replacement of the Taishanese dialect with the Hong Kong Cantonese dialect as a lingua franca. Hong Kong ( officially the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, is a territory located on China 's south coast on the Pearl River Delta, and borders Mainland China, Continental China, the Chinese mainland or simply the mainland, is a geopolitical term synonymous with the area that is under the jurisdiction A lingua franca (from Italian, literally meaning Frankish language, see etymology under Sabir and Italian below is any Language widely
Taishanese is spoken less and less, even in China, and will probably be gone in a generation from America. There is a degree of mutual intelligibility between Taishanese and Cantonese, but the vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation have major differences. In Linguistics, mutual intelligibility is recognized as a relationship between Languages in which speakers of different but related languages can readily understand Taishanese speakers born in China can usually understand Cantonese; American-born Taishanese speakers can typically understand only about 10 percent of what they hear in Cantonese and have great difficulty remembering the right tones when trying to speak it.
Many working-class Hong Kong Chinese immigrants began arriving in large numbers in the 1960s and despite their status and professions in Hong Kong, immigrants had to find low-pay employment in restaurants and garment factories in Chinatown because of limited English ability. Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated areas in the world with an overall density of some 6300 people per square kilometre A Chinatown is a section of an urban area with a large number of Chinese outside the majority-Chinese countries of Greater China.
After 1980, America has a growing population of Fujian-dialect speakers.
San Francisco's Chinatown is home to the annual Double Tenth Day Parade, celebrating the National Day of the Republic of China on Taiwan. Double Ten Day ( is the National day of the Republic of China (ROC (commonly known as Taiwan since the 1970s and celebrates the start of the The majority of overseas Chinese strongly identify with the Republic of China as opposed to the Communist People's Republic of China. REPUBLIC OF CHINA ARTICLE GUIDELINES Talk People's Republic of China) PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA ARTICLE GUIDELINES The celebration has been held every year since Sun Yat-sen led the deposition of the Ching Dynasty in 1911. Sun Yat-sen ( November 12, 1866 &ndash March 12, 1925) was a Chinese Revolutionary and political leader often Not to be confused with Qin Dynasty, the first dynasty of Imperial China In 2006, the National Day parade took place on October 7. It began with a Republic of China (R. O. C. ) flag raising ceremony at the famous Portsmouth Square in Chinatown at exactly 10:10 AM. Portsmouth Square ( Chinese 花園角廣場 is a one-block Park in Chinatown San Francisco California that is bounded by Kearny Street on At 11:00 AM, a parade proceeding began at the nearby Union Square. Union Square is a Plaza bordered by Geary, Powell Post and Stockton Street in San Francisco, California.
San Francisco's Chinatown is home to the well-known and historic Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association (known as the Chinese Six Companies), which is the umbrella organization for local Chinese family and regional associations in Chinatown. It has spawned lodges in other Chinatowns in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, including Chinatown, Los Angeles and Chinatown, Portland. Chinatown in Los Angeles, California ( is a Chinatown in Downtown Los Angeles that was founded in the late 1800s Old Town Chinatown is a neighborhood in the Northwest and Southwest sections of Portland Oregon.
Author Amy Tan grew up in the neighborhood. Amy Tan (Chinese 譚恩美 pinyin Tán Enmei (born February 19, 1952) is an American Writer of Chinese descent whose works Her book The Joy Luck Club is based on her experiences here as well as it chronicles the neighborhood's history. The Joy Luck Club (1989 is a best-selling Novel written by Amy Tan.
The Chinatown has served as a backdrop for several movies and television shows. It has also been featured in many food television programs dealing with ethnic Chinese cuisine. Chinese cuisine ( Traditional Chinese: 中國菜 Simplified Chinese: 中国菜 originated from the various regions of China and has become widespread in
The Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco is a major community-based, non-profit organization established in 1965 to foster the understanding and appreciation of Chinese and Chinese American art, history, and culture in the United States. The facilities of the Center, totaling 20,000 square feet (2,000 m²), include a 299-seat auditorium, a 2,935-square-foot (273 m²) gallery, book shop, classroom, and offices. Centrally located between Chinatown and the Financial District, the Center attracts a broad spectrum of audiences from the Chinese community, the city at large, and the greater Bay Area, as well as visitors from all over the country.
Because of aforementioned conditions in Chinatown, several Chinese enclaves or "new Chinatowns" have sprung up across the city. Most notable are a section of Clement Street between Arguello Boulevard & Park Presidio in the Richmond District, Irving Street between 19th Avenue and 25th Avenue, and Noriega Street between 19th Avenue and 25th Avenue; between 30th Avenue and 33rd Avenue, both in the Sunset District. The Richmond District is a neighborhood in the northwest corner of San Francisco California. The Sunset District is a neighborhood in the west-central part of San Francisco California, United States, that is primarily residential and is built along a Another is sprouting up in the south end of the city on San Bruno Ave. between Silver Ave and Bacon St.
Unlike in most Chinatowns in North America, ethnic Chinese refugees from Vietnam have not established businesses in San Francisco's Chinatown district, due to high property values and rents. This article surveys individual Chinatowns in North America. For the purposes of this article North America is defined as Canada and the Hoa refers to a minority in Vietnam consisting of persons considered Instead, many Chinese-Vietnamese – as opposed to ethnic Vietnamese who tended to congregate in larger numbers in San Jose – have established a separate Vietnamese enclave on Larkin Street in the heavily working-class Tenderloin district of San Francisco, where it is now known as the city's "Little Saigon" and not as a "Chinatown" per se. The Vietnamese people (người Việt or vi ''người Kinh'' are an Ethnic group originating from what is now northern Vietnam and southern China. The Tenderloin is a dense residential retail and nightlife neighborhood in downtown San Francisco. This article deals exclusively with the Vietnamese communities within the United States of America; for other communities outside Vietnam refer to the Overseas Vietnamese As with historic Chinatown, Little Saigon plans to construct an arch signifying its entrance, as well as directional street signs leading to the community.
Countless suburban strip mall alternatives to the original Chinatown in the city of San Francisco proper have been developed throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and these are considered the most notable and provide comparative ease and conveniences to immigrant shoppers thus reducing the incentive and necessity for immigrants to go into traffic-plagued Chinatown. This is partly to be attributed to the aggressive growth of the highly popular 99 Ranch Market chain of southern California in recent years and putting them in direct competition with the older established Chinatown enclaves, which have more mom-and-pop operations. 99 Ranch Market ( also called Tawa Supermarket, its Chinese name is both the largest Asian American Supermarket chain in the United States Often, unlike the traditional Cantonese-speaking Chinatowns in San Francisco or Oakland as populated by mostly old-timers, Mandarin Chinese is the lingua franca of these communities.
Outside the San Francisco area, suburban Cupertino in the San Jose area has emerged the major Taiwanese cultural and retail center in the Bay Area, especially with a major shopping center titled Cupertino Village anchored by the supermarket chain 99 Ranch Market. Cupertino (ˌkuːpɚˈtiːnoʊ is a Suburban city in Santa Clara County, California, U 99 Ranch Market ( also called Tawa Supermarket, its Chinese name is both the largest Asian American Supermarket chain in the United States A similar, but larger shopping center by the name of Milpitas Square, also featuring 99 Ranch Market, can be found in Milpitas, adjacent to the northeast corner of San Jose. Milpitas (mɪlˈpiːtəs is a City in Santa Clara County California. These plazas contain variety of regional Chinese cuisine and other varied Asian cuisine restaurants (namely Vietnamese, Thai, Japanese, and so on), book stores, boba tea shops, bakeries, and upscale boutiques. The Vietnamese people (người Việt or vi ''người Kinh'' are an Ethnic group originating from what is now northern Vietnam and southern China. The are the dominant Ethnic group of Japan. Worldwide approximately 130 million people are of Japanese descent of these approximately 127 million are residents of Japan Bubble tea, also called "Boba" tea, is a Tea beverage that originated in Taiwan in the 1980s
A smaller Chinese commercial district lines Castro Street in the suburb of Mountain View where immigrant businesses now occupy once abandoned 1950s-era downtown storefronts. (Source: San Francisco Chronicle). Similarly, in Millbrae, the city immediately west of the San Francisco International Airport, Chinese shops and restaurants line the El Camino Real and Broadway in Millbrae's downtown. Millbrae is a city in San Mateo County, California, United States, just west of San Francisco Bay, with San Bruno on the north and
Other suburban communities in the San Francisco Bay Area with a large Chinese presence include Foster City and Daly City (also home to a large Filipino population) in San Mateo County and Fremont in Alameda County. Foster City is an affluent Planned city located in San Mateo County California, 94404 Daly City is a city in San Mateo County, California, United States with a 2000 population of 103621 Fremont (ˈfriːmɒnt is a city in California, USA that was incorporated on January 23, 1956, from the merger of five smaller communities Centerville All of these cities have Chinese-themed shopping centers anchored by 99 Ranch Market. In addition, the Warm Springs district of Fremont includes a shopping center known as "Little Taipei" anchored by Lion Supermarket. More Asian-oriented strip malls can be found in the San Francisco and Oakland working-class suburbs of Richmond, California ('Pacific East Mall anchored by 99 Ranch Market) and San Pablo (San Pablo Marketplace anchored by Shun Fat Supermarket). Richmond (ˈɹɪtʃmənd is a city in western Contra Costa County, California, United States. San Pablo is a city in Contra Costa County, California, United States. Shun Fat Supermarket ( also known as SF Supermarket) is a small but growing Chinese Vietnamese American supermarket chain in the San Gabriel Valley region