Sundays in My City, Chinatown, San Francisco, CA - August 29, 2010
Chinatown, San Francisco, dating back to the 1840's is the oldest Chinatown in North
America and the largest Chinatown outside Asia. It has played a major part in the history
and culture of the Chinese community in the United States and North America. It is a city
unto itself, with a post office, banks, shops, a hospital, clinics, culture and traditions.
Chinatown is a must for visitors, with its wonderful festivals, especially at Chinese New
Year and the Autumn Moon Festival.
Early Chinese immigrants came as workers on the transcontinental railroad and to work
in the mines and as pospectors in the Gold Rush of 1849.
San Francisco's Chinatown holds the distinction of being one of the most densely
populated in the United States. It is also one of the poorer to middle class sections
of San Francisco. There are a large number of elderly residents.
Grant Avenue, named after the 18th President of the United States, Ulysses S. Grant, at
Bush Street is the southern boundary of Chinatown. It ends at Broadway.
One of the beautiful pieces of art in a shop in Chinatown
California at Grant, across from the B of A building
Bank of America sign in Chinese
Objects de art
The Bank of Canton was originally the Chinese Telephone Exchange, founded in 1891. Operators knew their patrons by names, not telephone numbers. The exchange was
destroyed in the 1906 earthquake and rebuilt. With the advent of rotary phones in 1949,
the exchange closed. In 1960, the Bank of Canton bought the building and restored it.
A VERY greasy duck
Items for tea
Rose buds for tea
Erhu played by Ma-Xiao Hui who is the most famous erhu player of Chinese
women in South Korea
Music title is 江南小鎭 ( ganng nam sou jin ) that means
"A little town at the Southern side of River Yanja"
This video is prepared for erhu-mania groups named "erhu-rang"(http://erhu.kr) in
Seoul, South Korea.
I am taking part in Unknown Mami's Sunday in My City - join in the fun!