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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

SMC Cemeteries: Chinese

In Feb of 1898, Ellen Maria Barry (daughter of Owen McMahon), petitioned the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors for authorization to extablish a cemetery on her inherited land in the area known as Happy Valley,

In a review on Yelp Mike C notes.......

"This particular cemetery is one of the larger and definitely the oldest amongst the Chinese dominant locations.  My father told me that only members of the Kong Chow Benevolent Association are here which is a big deal given how large the Bay Area Chinese community is now."  

Twice a year the Chinese visit this and other Chinese cemeteries to pay respects to their ancestors.  While the younger more modern generations might only bring offerings of flowers, tradition suggests full ceremonies with incense, food and burning money.

According to Sean Keacham's post of 2015 there are two small potter's fields in the corners of this cemetery.
When we visited this cemetery recently, it looked like construction was underway.  What was being constructed wasn't clear, currently the office is on Jason Street in San Francisco, are they moving it to the cemetery?

Daly City's Cemeteries  by Russ Brabec
Chinese Cemetery on Facebook
San Francisco's Old Chinese Cemetery - Sean Keacham

Find A Grave - only 88 listings

  • Chinese Cemetery  
    Address4650 Callan Blvd, Daly City, CA 94015 Phone number(650) 992-4581 

 Chinese Cemetery Association

Address34 Jason Ct, San Francisco, CA 94133  (415) 982-4148

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