French and Chinese touches
By Geoffrey Churchman
At first glance — with the signs announcing “Tabac, Presse, Avenue Grant / Rue Bush” — you may think this is a scene in a Quebec city, but it’s actually San Francisco where it’s unlikely many use French as either a first or second language.
In fact, being across the road from the beginning of Chinatown, it’s likely that many in the area use Mandarin as a first language.
San Francisco’s Chinese community grew with both the building of the railroads and the gold rushes of the 1850s and 1860s and San Francisco’s Chinatown is today the largest outside China.