Dennis Casey Wu, a high school student in San Francisco, and his friend proposed the apology after they started researching the city’s history of racism against Chinese immigrants.
“I feel that this is the history that people need to learn,” Wu, who is Chinese-American, told a city committee last week.
“I know some people are going to say that an official apology is merely performative activism, but personally, I feel the apology would be notable.”
For much of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Chinatown was one of the only places in the city that Chinese people in America could live, due to exclusionary housing policies.
San Francisco is the fourth California city to apologise for historical wrongs against residents of Chinese descent.
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