Chinese pioneers arrived in Ventura County during the 1860s.  These men helped to build infrastructure and amenities for the newly formed Euroamerican towns.  In Ventura, Oxnard, Santa Paula and Saticoy, Chinese settlers established their own enclaves where they could conduct business, raise families, plant gardens, and enjoy the fellowship and protection of their countrymen - a haven provided by a close-knit community. Hailing from farming regions in China, diligent, hard working Chinese farmers contributed their skill and knowledge in Ventura County’s nascent agricultural industry.


During the decades when Chinese pioneers lived in Ventura County, laws and attitudes toward their ethnic communities fluctuated causing changes in population, marriage patterns, legal rights, and occupations.  All of this affected their ability to stay in America.  Over time, Chinese residents in Ventura County persevered, and today the Chinese community thrives and continues to celebrate cultural traditions through education, exhibits and festivals. 

Dinner Honoring
Bill Soo Hoo

Sat., May 21, 2016
8:00 PM

Oxnard Performing Arts Center
800 Hobson Way, Oxnard

Keynote Speaker
John Chiang,
California State Treasurer

Mayor Soo Hoo was the first person of Chinese Heritage to become a mayor in California

Event information

Short Story on Bill Soo Hoo

Pictures of event

Ventura Star Article

世界日報 World Journal Article A

世界日報 World Journal Article B