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20 Thursday, June 5, 1997 Pahrump Valley Gazette tt Gazette on the street... What are your feelings about the Mc Veigh trial? St. Paul, Minn. Las Vegas Pahrump Pahrump Pahrump MARK BARIE -- Driver -- "I am happy about the turnout." M.G. JONES -- Sales -- "I haven't really kept up, but I understand they convicted him on 11 counts of murder. I'm glad he will be put away, one way or the other." TOM GILBERT -- Retired CEO -- "I think it was a just verdict." PAT IRVINE -- Homemaker -- "I think he got what he deserved." JOAN FOX -- Retired food business -- 'Tm happy with the outcome so far. As far as the death penalty, I don't know. He may suffer more with life imprisonment." tlml Compiled by Gazette staff photographers mmt t 482-301 6 No to Abuse 751 -111 8 Tonopah 24 Hr. Crisis Line Pahrump I I I Nevada then and now I Illl The Chinese of Pioche: A New Concept by Phillip I. Earl Nevada Historical Society F or the most part, scholarship on the Chinese in the American West has reflected their experience in the larger population centers, San Francisco in particular. From that model, intoler- ance and discrimination have been postulated as a part of the paradigm for smaller communi- ties. Recent research, however, indicates that race relations were con- siderably more complex throughout the West. In the Fall 1996 is- sue of the Nevada His- torical Society Quar- terly, Carolyn Grattan- Aiello, a doctoral stu- dent at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, examines the Chinese community of Pioche between 1870and 1900. Making use of the news- papers of the time, cen- sus data and tax rolls, she suggests that many Chinese adapted well to Chinese laundries, Pioche, 1907, owned by Wah Song and Wing Hi the economic and social environment of the camp, established mutually beneficial relationships with the white community and took advantage of opportunities for property ownership and financial success. The author finds that there was a more equal distribution of women to men among the Chinese of Pioche, significantly lower than that of Virginia City, the one 19th- century Nevada community which has been studied to any extent in terms of ethnicity. Age statistics suggest a more stable Chinese community in Pioche and wealth distribution figures indicate a more equitable distribution of property within the Chinese community than was the case on the Comstock. Occupational cat- egories among the Chi- nese of Pioche reflected those of other commu- nities in the West- laun- dry workers, restaurant employees and labor- ers predominantly - al- though theauthor finds a modicum of diversity as time passed. Race relations in Pioche were not marked by organized anti-Chinese violence, nor were there anti- Chinese organizations, the author has found, in contrast with such contemporary commu- nities as Rent, photo by Nevada Historical Society Unionville, Tuscarora, Austin and Eureka. This study is of some significance for the manner in which the various aspects of Chinese community life are documented. Grattan-Aiello's methodology could well be applied to other Nevada communities. Don't miss this issue! Priced at $6 at the Rent museum, it is available by mail at $7.50, postage included. Write The Nevada Historical Society, 1650 North Virginia Street, Rent, Nevada, 89503. For further information, call (702) 688-1191. II I