I visited the Salinas Obon Festival yesterday, organized by the Buddhist Temple of Salinas. The placed was packed with festival-goers, lines forming at the food vendor tents for scrumptious Japanese food (and in one case, Filipino lumpia!), and to view bonsai and ikebana demonstrations, and Asian crafts. The Salinas Kendo Club demonstration, Obon Odori dancing, and San Jose Taiko were exciting! It was a very … Continue reading Salinas Obon Festival 2017
Recently, KQED reporter Sarah Craig visited Salinas Chinatown to examine the connections between urban design (and the current revitalization initiative) and some of the pressing issues of the neighborhood: “isolation, violence, drug dealing, and prostitution.” She also said that she wanted to “emphasize the important history of the place.” The resulting article and podcast in The California Report did indeed address the pressing issues, but … Continue reading Portraying Salinas Chinatown’s Past, Present, and Future
We’ve been taking a breather after a successful 10th Anniversary Asian Festival, which also ushered in Asian American Heritage Month. Big thanks to all those that made it happen: the Asian Festival Committee, ACE and members of the three Asian communities, Salinas Downtown Community Board, Chinatown services and businesses, City of Salinas representatives and Assembly member Luis Alejo, Leonard Han and his Monterey Bay Lion … Continue reading Asian Festival 2017
This year’s Salinas Chinatown Asian Festival is going to be special, because we are celebrating our 10th anniversary. Come and join us on Saturday, April 29. The festivities begin with opening introductions and the Lion Dance at 11 a.m. There will be lots of food, produce for sale, entertainment, walking tours, presentations, and a bigger & better car show. MIG, planning consultants for the Chinatown … Continue reading 10th Anniversary Asian Festival – April 29!
The Salinas Chinatown Revitalization planning process is in its beginning stages. Recently, MIG (planning consultants hired by City of Salinas) organized working group meetings with all the stakeholders to get their input. MIG will also be constructing a website for the revitalization project. On April 5, I attended three of the working group meetings. One was for the Asian Community, one for technical advisors (city planners, … Continue reading An Eye-opening Meeting
As we enter planning stages for the revitalization of Chinatown–not for the first time–it may be useful to remember and think about the history of this neighborhood as well as its future. Continue reading Contested Memories of Place: Representations of Salinas’ Chinatown
Cathy Chavez Miller recently visited Havana Cuba’s Chinatown, which was once the largest Chinatown in Latin America. Continue reading Visiting Cuba’s Barrio Chino