A lantern shop in old San Francisco Chinatown, part of the arts and crafts the Chinese brought to the "Golden Hills." Kan's Restaurant in San Francisco. Chinese were originally brought to this country to work in the Mother Lode gold mines. Since then, a common Chinese term for the United States has been Gum Shan, meaning "Golden Hills." So Johnny Kan calls the new gold room in his Chinatown restaurant the Gum Shan Room and serves there some of the finest Cantonese gourmet dishes in the world.