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Re: Ernst F Lohndorff & Chinese Cavalry!

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  • Bryant
    There are still a lot of families in Chihuahua who can trace their roots back to Chinese immigrants and even more in Sinaloa. One prominant Chinese family in
    Message 1 of 12 , Sep 17, 2006
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      There are still a lot of families in Chihuahua who can trace their
      roots back to Chinese immigrants and even more in Sinaloa. One
      prominant Chinese family in Chihuahua, the Fong clan, are everywhere,
      and some of them are important politicians and lawyers and such.

      The problems Villa had with the Chinese have been explained very well
      by someone who was very well qualified to speak on behalf of Villa -
      Villa's adopted son, Francisco Piñon. He stated that there was a lot
      of resentment of the Chinese in Torreon because the Chinese owned
      most of the grocery stores and a lot of other businesses, and people
      felt like they exploited them mercilessly with their business
      practices. As a result, there was a lot of overall friction between
      them and the population at large. Things came to a very bad end when
      the Chinese rather cynically and unwisely decided to side with the
      huertistas, apparently believing that Huerta´s forces were going to
      just throw back the attackers and rout them. So, they armed
      themselves, and not being notified when the Federales were
      retreating, they began shooting rioters, thinking that troops would
      be backing them up. Instead, they found themselves being surrounded
      and massacred. Villa, then, considered them to be traitors to both
      his cause and to the population at large, and he never liked them at
      all after that. His treatment of them was pretty out of hand at
      times, however, like the time he had a bunch of Chinese workers bury
      a stach of gold for him, and then he shot them all so that they could
      not tell anyone where they had buried it (he did the same thing with
      Yaqui Indians, too, by the way). That is why, I think, so many of
      them ended up in Sinaloa, because it was the logical place to go in
      order to escape the atmosphere in Chihuahua, Durango, Torreon, and
      Zacatecas, where villismo was the strongest.

      Bryant

      --- In MexicanRevolution@yahoogroups.com, "Richard Grabman"
      <richmx2@...> wrote:
      >
      > I'm wondering if the sources were influenced by the anti-Chinese
      and anti-Mexican press in the U.S. at the time and saw what they
      wanted to see. Wm. Randolf Hearst financed a serial starring
      Paulette Goddard, full of the most blatant stereotypes -- horny,
      dirty Mexicans and impassive, cruel samauri warriorts (some Mexican-
      Japanese military cooperation talks had gotten Hearst riled up). A
      lot of U.S. consular reports from the Revolution were very anti-
      German (and anti-Chinese), reflecting the thinking of the time. Many
      thought it suspicious that Villa generally did not attack businesses
      with German names, but they didn't notice (and no one else seems to
      have noticed)
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