Author unveils research highlighting early Chinese of the Flathead

Back in April, Mark T. Johnson came from Helena to talk to a capacity crowd at the museum about the lives of Chinese immigrants in Montana, mostly based on his recently published The Middle Kingdom Under the Big Sky. In Kalispell he drew the largest crowd thus far of the book tour.

Now Johnson has published online further findings on Chinese cemeteries around the state and other early immigrants, including the Flathead Valley’s Mar You, a longtime restaurateur. You’s wife and first son are pictured above in an image from the Northwest Montana History Museum collection.

Visit Kalispell’s Chinese Cemetery — The Middle Kingdom under the Big Sky (