California, as many of you already know, is the most racially diverse state in the nation. You get in a place, look around, and you’ll never find just one racial group. Here, it isn’t difficult to cross-culture. I have a pleasure of knowing that I have plenty of options to satisfy wherever my desire and imagination decide to go or be. I can walk to the end of my street and choose what kind of cuisine to eat. On the way, I can come across people of different backgrounds. I can travel further a mile or two, and it’s as if I can get transported anywhere in the world.
-Do check it at night when the lanterns and buildings are illuminated.-
The Chinese immigration dates back to 1800’s during the California Gold Rush in San Francisco. They did not just mine for golds, but also took other domestic jobs. Most of the restaurants, shops and stores were geared towards Chinese workers. As their population grew, they build their own community that still are rich of their own culture. Today, Chinatowns are scattered all over the states, and the world.
– This is a statue of Dr. Sun Yat-Sen, a Chinese revolutionary and first and founding father of the Republic of China. His statues can be found in many Asian locations and Chinatowns around the wold. He developed The Three Principles of the People – nationalism, democracy, and the livelihood of the people. The settling of Chinese in America was not easy. They endured social acceptance, harsh labor, nature calamities and urban renewals. –
Source: Wikipedia, Frommer’s California 2012
The general consensus is that San Francisco’s first and most important Chinatown is a lot better than LA’s. As for me, it was yet an another amazing turn of event. I didn’t plan to stay the whole day at FYF Fest. I wanted to cross off one of the destinations I put in my recently-created Travel Bucket List. Little did I know, Chinatown was only a 7-minute walk from the FYF Fest venue. Plus, whenever I go to a certain travel destination, I always start from a clean slate, with open-mind and fresh outlook. I may be naive, but I don’t complain anything about it. It’s touristy, small but crowded, and it doesn’t have high-standards. Above all, it’s a trip that allowed me to cross-culture in a big modernistic urban city that is LA.
What to look for:
- Street Food esp. Sugar Cane Juice stand
- Mahjong Players
- Gift Shops
- Bargains, Cheap Buys esp. clothing, accessories/jewelries and decorations
- Chinese Chess Players (the picture above)
- Traditional Dim Sum
- Chinese tea, poultry, and vegetables
- Palm Readers
May you all have these things, esp. the same good luck I seem to possess when I travel. *knock on wood*
People’s Republic of China?
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The one below is not from LA. This is from Chinatown in San Francisco. I was there with my mom.