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Dogpatch Ranch

An extraordinary story of one Chinese family's history and success against all odds.

Glenn Lym tells the story of his Chinese great grandfather, Lim Lip Hong and grandmother, Chan Shi and the seven children they raised on a ranch in the late 1800's in Dogpatch, the Potrero, San Francisco.


This was a time of intense anti-Chinese sentiment. How and why did they raise their family on a ranch in outlying San Francisco instead of in Chinatown? Some of the answers spin out in the lives of their children. And these answers suggest an unexpected interface between early Chinese entrepreneurs and San Francisco’s early business elite such as Tubbs and Crocker, all tied to the Pacific Ocean trade and to the railroads.

Grab a coffee (or two) at Phil's, sit down and watch his mesmerizing 70 minute tale.

Visit to join the community fun as our gift to you during this year's "holidays at home" Shelter in Place.

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