Chinatowns have long been the focus of photographers, artists, writers, and chefs. The list of things to buy will help you explore more aspects of these enclaves.
Mister Jiu’s in Chinatown
In 2021, Brandon Jew’s tribute to San Francisco’s Chinatown explores Chinese-American cuisine’s past, present, and future. This American Chinese chef gained fame via his modern Chinatown eatery, Mister Jiu’s restaurant, which was awarded one Michelin star status only a few months after it opened in 2016.
This exquisitely designed home with 90 recipes Jew honors his heritage and pays homage to classic Chinatown dishes such as chicken wings with orange sauce to mushrooms mu sh.
This is the cover for Mister Jiu’s book in Chinatown.
Beautiful photography that captures the city of San, the city’s Chinatown, from the inside gives an additional dimension of significance to the whole.
The second novel by the native of Los Angeles Charles Yu ( which was awarded an award in 2020, the National Book Award) is a fusion of everything. It is a meditative, emotional, surreal, and hilarious tale presented through the character Willis Wu, a struggling actor trying to break free of the various stereotypes he is affixed with: Generic Asian Man, Background Oriental Making a weird face, and Disgraced Son.
This is the cover for Interior Chinatown.
In addition, with Chinatown as the backdrop, it’s an insightful representation of the immigrant experience for Asians in America.
“Made Here”: recipes, reflections, and recipes from NYC’s Asian communities
A cookbook that is independently published due out in November resulted from a group of New Yorkers behind the campaign Send Chinatown Love.
Made Here will include recipes and stories from New York’s Asian-owned eateries, and 100 percent of the profits generated from sales will go to helping to support the efforts that Send Chinatown Love, which includes initiatives such as Gift-a-Meal, which allows patrons to contribute to Chinatown merchants by buying food items and other groceries which can then be distributed to less fortunate communities through non-profit organizations food pantries, community fridges.
This is the cover for Made Here.
Coronavirus: Chinatown stories
As the dust settles on the COVID-19 outbreak, the impact of the disease on Asian communities – particularly Chinese-owned restaurants.
The month of March in 2020, a cookbook winner and award-winning author and activist Grace Young teamed up with videographer Dan Ahn to document the experiences of New York’s Chinatown communities.
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Young has grown into a fervent advocate for Chinatowns throughout America and continues to advocate to ensure the continued existence of these communities via the James Beard-sponsored Social media initiative #SupportChinatowns, which encourages diners to share their passion for their favorite places.
“Coronavirus: Chinatown Stories “Coronavirus: Chinatown Stories” video series was recognized by the Smithsonian National Museum of American History as a significant cultural piece and is available on graceyoung.com.
Kem Lee might not be a household name to the majority of people. Still, for more than fifty years in the 20th century, he meticulously documented the daily life of the people living in Chinatown in San Francisco. His archive of photographs is kept in the University of California, Berkeley’s Ethnic Studies Library, and has more than 200,000 photographs.
San Francisco’s Chinatown in the 1940s was documented in the 1940s by photographer Kem Lee. Photo: Kem Lee estate/UC Berkeley
He was once referred to in The San Francisco Examiner as “the dean of Chinatown photographers,” an honor he earned since he meticulously documented details in daily life. He captured important moments – like visits from politicians and celebrities – down to mundane moments, capturing the everyday life of the local family and shopkeepers.
In his 70s, Singaporean Quek Tiong Swee spent most of his time recording Singapore as the Lion City; in 2013, the photographer donated 80000 of his photos in the 80s and 90s to the National Heritage Board, making them accessible to the general public.
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He and the 90-year-old photographer Lee Wong have 30 photos displayed in Singapore’s Maxwell MRT station until the summer of 2024.
Photographer Quek Ting Swee, with one of his images from Singapore’s Chinatown.
Its title is “Pioneering Dreams.” The exhibit focuses on Singapore’s Chinatown from the 70s through the decade of 2010, charting its rapid growth.