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Title
New Chinatown, Los Angeles, California
Creator
unknown
Contributor
Wong, Joe
Date Created and/or Issued
circa 1960
Publication Information
Department of Archives and Special Collections, William H. Hannon Library, Loyola Marymount University
Columbia Wholesale Supply
Contributing Institution
Loyola Marymount University, Department of Archives and Special Collections, William H. Hannon Library
Collection
Changing Face of Southern California
Rights Information
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Description
North side of Gin Ling Way looking toward West Gate; ornate lion sculpture in arched doorway; banners and signs with Chinese characters; benches; parked automobiles; people strolling.
The original Los Angeles Chinatown began in the late 1800s as a small settlement on Calle De Los Negros, between El Pueblo Plaza and Old Arcadia Street, and expanded east across Alameda Street. Suffering from absentee landlords and a lack of municipal services and code enforcement, the area was in decline when the city forced residents out and demolished it to make way for the new Union Station Terminal. Two new Chinatowns were created: China City, a tourist attraction, complete with rickshaw rides, brainchild of Christine Sterling, founder of Olvera Street; and New Chinatown, a business and residential neighborhood created and funded by the Chinese community under the leadership of Peter Soo Hoo. Both opened to great fanfare in 1938. New Chinatown was framed by two gates, or pailou. The West Gate, on North Hill Street opens onto Gin Ling Way and is adorned with a poem by T.K. Chang that translates as "Cooperate to Achieve," and a plaque commemorating the part played by the Chinese in building the railroads.
On back:"Polite and patient shopkeepers invite you to browse to your heart's content in the dozens and dozens of interesting displays of oriental wares. Your shopkeeper may be an actor, teacher or a philosopher."
Publisher's serial number:40413; Series number: H-2793
Type
image
Format
1 postcard : Color ; 9 x 14 cm.
Identifier
post_00092
http://digitalcollections.lmu.edu/cdm/ref/collection/chgface/id/673
Language
English
Subject
Chinese Restaurants--California--Los Angeles
Decoration and ornament, Architectural--California--Los Angeles
Chinatown (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Source
Werner von Boltenstern Postcard Collection

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