Snapshot: May 17, 1890
More than a century after he was denied a law license, Hong Yen Chang, a Chinese immigrant, was admitted Monday to the California bar.
Of their decision, California’s Supreme Court justices wrote: “Even if we cannot undo history, we can acknowledge it and, in so doing, accord a full measure of recognition to Chang’s pathbreaking efforts to become the first lawyer of Chinese descent in the United States.”
In this annotated look at a page from the May 17, 1890, Los Angeles Times, we look back at coverage of Chang’s case and the era in which he was denied.
Sources: Los Angeles Times archive