|Text on Button||HUMANITY LEGION AID TO CHINA CALIFORNIA RICE BOWL PARTY 1941|
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Beginning in 1937 and lasting until 1945, the Second Sino-Japanese War was a brutal conflict that China had to shoulder mostly by itself throughout World War Two. In 1937 the Allied countries were keen on isolationist stances in international affairs and opted to ignore the Japanese invasion, in lieu of a formal rebuke from the International community. Seeing China fight a desperate war to resist the Japanese Invasion without support from other countries inspired many Chinese immigrants to aid their former countrymen by holding rallies and organizing fundraisers to support the war. The 1941 San Francisco Rice Bowl Festival was the largest of three major events held in California to raise funds for Chinese troops, the event was wildly successful with over $100,000 raised (or almost $2 million when adjusted for inflation).