Fighting History of SF Chinatown Experience

The Fighting History of SF Chinatown Experience

What you’ll do

You’ll experience the rough and tumble tales of San Francisco’s gold rush era, the Chinese immigrant experience, Bruce Lee, racism, the tong wars, the socioeconomic realities of human trafficking, political corruption, the drug trade, prostitution, and the modern era gang wars. You’ll explore Chinatown’s alleys and streets where it all happened. You’ll gain amazing insight on the past and how it connects to the present. And maybe, just maybe, you’ll discover a deeper appreciation for not only the Chinese immigrant experience but also what it means to be human.

We’ll start our walking tour outside a local coffee shop on the edge of Chinatown and talk for a few minutes before heading into Chinatown. We’ll cover about 1.5 miles total so wear comfortable walking shoes. Total tour time is 2 hours.

WARNING: This tour includes candid discussions of historical events and covers mature subject matter and may not be suitable for children or sensitive adults. 

Our commitment to safety

We are committed to your safety and practice CDC-recommended COVID-19 safety protocals including:

  • limiting group size to a maximum of 10 people
  • adhering to social distancing guidelines 
  • ensuring that all participants wear a mask 
  • When possible, we encourage you to organize and book a private tour with people you know

Note: DO NOT book this tour if you are unwilling or unable to wear a mask. Failure to comply with our safety guidelines will result in you and your party being asked to leave. 

Where we’ll meet

Reveilles Coffee Company: 200 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA (corner of Columbus, Pacific, and Kearny St.)  

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Your Guide

Hi, I’m Marc Pomerleau, a co-active life coach, facilitator, and designer of powerful learning experiences. Learn more about my practice here ( I’m also the creator and guide of the Airbnb Experience, The Fighting History of SF Chinatown. This Experience received 80, 100% 5-star reviews prior to ceasing activity due to Covid-19. 

Prior to my consulting practice, I was vice president of creative strategy at the largest brand experience company in the world where I designed learning experiences for a wide range of organizations.

I’ve lived in China and Taiwan for seven years, speak Mandarin, and received my M.A. in China studies (thesis on the Chinese Exclusion Acts). I’m also a longtime resident and lover of San Francisco and the martial arts.

This tour represents the convergence and culmination of my personal passions: storytelling, San Francisco history, the Chinese experience and creating joy and fresh perspective for the seeker in us all.

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