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
Have you ever been to Locke, CA? Years ago, when I lived in the East Bay Area, my husband and I would drive up to the Sacramento Delta on weekends and go fishing. There we discovered that several tiny towns built near the levees were home to Chinese communities. The oldest such town is Locke, the oldest rural Chinatown in the U.S. Surprisingly, this town retains … Continue reading The Oldest Rural Chinatown
For Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (May): KQED is screening the film, Relocation Arkansas. It will be screened next on Thursday, May 17. See the schedule on the KQED Asian Pacific Heritage 2017 calendar, and visit the film’s website at Relocation Arkansas Film. “This kind of thing doesn’t just end with the person who was in the camp.” Ruth Takemoto McInroy … Continue reading Relocation, Arkansas
For Asian Pacific American Heritage month: Dollar a Day, 10 Cents a Dance, directed by Geoffrey Dunn and Mark Schwartz, is now free to view on Vimeo. The 1985 film was screened in 2016 at the Watsonville Film Festival. It documents the lives of elderly Filipino farmworkers in Monterey County. Watch it here. Continue reading Dollar a Day, 10 Cents a Dance
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