Chinatown: The Chinese Youth
As a child, Chinatown was known as my second home. It was a place for me to get rid of my stress whenever I’m around with the ghetto kids in Chinatown (They were actually labeled “Ghetto“).
This is coming from a child who came from a slightly dysfunctional family whom still love his parents, but needed to get away. Though I wasn’t born in Chinatown, it was still nonetheless a place where I can call my home. When I was given a chance to write about “My City” for a History class, I just had to spread the wonderful roots of my beautiful city to whoever reads this. Don’t expect the writer to pour out its emotions but to just state the facts.
The genesis of Chinatown started with thousands of Chinese immigrants settling in Southern California between 1852 to 1890. The original Chinatown was located between El Pueblo Plaza and Old Arcadia Street in East Los Angeles. Reaching its heyday from 1890 to 1910, Chinatown expanded it territory to approximately 15 streets and alleys containing 200 buildings. It was large enough to boast up entertainment such as Chinese Opera, Couple of Religion Temples, its own newspaper, and a telephone exchange. But there were laws prohibiting most Chinese from citizenships and property ownership, and Exclusion Acts curtailing immigration, inhibited future growth for the district.
Mr. Chang from the city hall of Chinatown stated that Chinatown began to decline in 1910. Reasons for this occurrence was Los Angeles manipulating the media into thinking Chinatown was a place for gambling houses, opium dens, and fierce tong (Chinese Gang) warfare severely reduced business in the area. As tenants and lessees rather than outright ownerships, the residents of Old Chinatown were threatened with impending redevelopment and as a result the owners neglected upkeep on their buildings. Eventually, the entire area was sold and resold, as entrepreneurs and town developers fought over usage of the area. After 30 years of continual decay, a Supreme Court ruling approved condemnation of the entire area to allow for the constructions of the new major rail terminal, The Union Station.
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Burned From the Fire, Rose from the Ashes
Seven years have passed before an acceptable relocation proposal was put into place, situating Chinatown in its present day location. During that long hiatus, the entire area of Old Chinatown was demolished, leaving many business without a location and forcing some of them to close permanently. Nonethless, it is not commonly known that a remnant of Old Chinatown persisted into the early 1950’s. Situated between Union Station and the Old Plaza. A narrow, one-block street known as Ferguson Alley ran between the Plaza and Alameda and was the location of a Buddhist temple and several business. In the late 1950s the covenants on the use and ownership of property were removed, allowing Chinese Americans to live in other neighborhoods and gain access the new types of employment.
Under the efforts of Chinese American community leader Peter Soo Hoo, the design and operational concepts for a New Chinatown evolved through the collective community process, resulting in a blend of both Chinese and American architecture. Mr. Chang stated that The Los Angeles Chinatown became a major development, especially as a tourist attraction, throughout the 1930s with the development of the “Central Plaza,” a Hollywood version of Shanghai, containing names such as Bamboo Lane, Gin Ling Way and Chung King Road. Chinatown was designed by Hollywood film set designers and a “Chinese” movie prop was subsequently donated by the legendary film director Cecil DeMille to give Chinatown an exotic atmosphere. Today, this section of Chinatown is less frequented by ethnic Chinese residents and shoppers, though it is where several benevolent associations are located. Chinatown expanded beyond the area is now bounded by Olvera Street and Dodger Stadium. While Chinatown generally does not have the activity of Chinatown of San Francisco but it was still regarded as the largest and most historic Chinatown in North America because of the huge Chinese population in that city. It still attracts visitors throughout the Los Angeles area and throughout the world. However, there are many business in Chinatown that generally cater mainly to the local community rather than the tourism economy. New Chinatown is served by the Gold Line of the city’s Metro Rail; parts of Old Chinatown were uncovered during the excavation for another portion of the L.A subway (the Red Line).
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The Metro Rail Station in Chinatown has been designed with modernized traditional Chinese architecture.
Chinatown’s residential areas are on the hills northwest of Alpine Park, with a public elementary school, library, Chinese School, hospital, churches, and other business. In the mornings at Alpine Recreation Center(This is where I relive my stress by playing sports in this center), many Chinese-speaking old timers practice the relaxing martial arts of Tai Chi, a scene common in many Chinatowns.
During the 1980s, many buildings were constructed for a new shopping centers and mini malls, especially along Broadway, and this would expand Chinatown greatly. In the mid-90s, a new shopping center containing the 99 Ranch Market was built near the old Central Plaza. However, the supermarket chain failed, and closed it doors a few years later in 1997. Metro Plaza Hotel was built in the southwest corner of Chinatown in the early 1990s but it has struggled with a low occupancy rate.
Business in Chinatown are gloomed with numerous small, specialized grocery stores. The Chinese Vietnamese own many bazaars. The stores sell quality type products, such as soap, toys, clothes, music CDs at everyday low prices. Several restaurants in Chinatown serve mainly Cantonese food but there are also various Asian food restaurants such as Vietnamese, Indonesian, and Thai which reflects the diverse character of Chinatown. The first Chinese chain restaurant opened in Chinatown was the Sam Woo BBQ Restaurants, serving up Chinese food.
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Dynasty Center, Saigon Plaza, and the Chinatown Vietnamese style sellers with people engaged in bargain shopping for items such as clothing, toys, pets, household items, funerary products, and so on.
Main Attraction for Movies:
The movie Rush Hour starring Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker was filmed on location in Chinatown. A local Chinese restaurant featured in the film, the “Foo Chow Restaurant”. The filming location was mainly shot at the Central Plaza.
There you have it, the historical background from the ashes of Old Chinatown to the Reborn New Chinatown. Chinatown came a long way from a small rural community to a large tourist attraction. This was the city that gave me memories during my childhood. As an adolescent, I thought I would never leave this city, but everything has to come to an end.