Chinese-American Residents Finally Able to Purchase Delta Lands
Chinese-American residents in the Delta town of Locke will finally be able to own the land under their homes and businesses because of an historic land transfer taking place Saturday.
Thursday, December 9, 2004
It’s been more than 50-years since a California law was repealed that banned Chinese Americans, like longtime Locke resident Connie King, from buying property. I couldn’t buy a house anywhere on the Delta because I was Chinese. I’m still Chinese but I still cannot buy land under my home. Since King and other Chinese-Americans didn't hold title to the land, they couldn't get loans to make improvements to their homes and shops. The Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency recently bought the property from private developers and will sell it back the Chinese-Americans who live and work there, like business owner Clarence Chu. I’m very, very happy. I’m sure that I share the happiness with a lot of county people that spent years of hard work trying to make this happen and I have so many people to thank for this event. County officials will transfer land ownership during a signing ceremony tomorrow at the Locke Chinese School. Steve Milne - KXJZ news.