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April 28, 1996
Chinatown is open for business! On behalf of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce, I would like to point out that, as acknowledged in your March 31 article, Chinatown is a diverse community with a diverse mix of businesses. It is composed of businesses ranging from restaurants to herb shops and dental offices to jewelry stores. There are few other places in the Los Angeles area where one will be able to find stores that sell the finest jewelry and discount clothing in such close proximity to each other.
April 25, 2014 | By Bob Pool
Los Angeles' chief surveyor stood above the newly unearthed brick and mortar pipe and carefully opened a 127-year-old leather book. "Here is the pipe. It's exactly where they said it was in 1887," said Tony Pratt, carefully pointing to a hand-drawn map in the ancient field guide. Freddie Eaton was the chief surveyor back then, the field guide noted. Eaton would eventually go on to become the city's mayor and a prominent figure in the expansion of L.A. Pratt pulled the old city surveyor's field report from city archives this week after reading a news account about the discovery of a remnant of the original Zanja Madre - the town's original water network - beneath a Chinatown construction site.
August 15, 2012
Re "Culture clash," Opinion, Aug. 13 What those upset over it do not acknowledge is that the building in which the Wal-Mart supermarket is being developed borders Bunker Hill as closely as it does Chinatown. The building, which contains a Subway restaurant and is across the street from a Burger King, has no apparent architectural relationship with the pagodas and signage several blocks away. The building itself is closer in walking distance to mock Tuscan multi-family dwellings that are not even technically part of Chinatown.
April 21, 2014 | By Bob Pool
Workers excavating the site of a $100-million Chinatown development have discovered a 100-foot section of Los Angeles' first municipal water system, an ancient maze of brick and wooden pipes and conduits that once fed the city. The 4-foot-diameter brick pipe that was found beneath what once was Little Joe's restaurant is part of the so-called Mother Ditch, or Zanja Madre, that carried water from the Los Angeles River to the young city, its channels twisting and bending along a 90-mile network.
November 11, 2010
Only in Hollywood could a screenwriter mine the rather unsexy topics of water and land rights in Southern California during the early 20th century and come up with one of the most beguiling, beautiful and arresting films of all time. Robert Towne, who wrote the screenplay for "Chinatown," screens the 1974 classic, which won the Academy Award for original screenplay. After the film, Towne will be joined by California historian Kevin Starr, and Mark J. Harris and Ted Braun, USC cinematic arts professors, to discuss the film's resonance with our sense of Los Angeles.
July 3, 2012
Re " Thousands rally against Wal-Mart in Chinatown ," July 1 Apparently unions must dislike senior citizens on fixed incomes and mid- to low-income families -- because they are always protesting against affordable grocery shopping. I take my elderly parents to Wal-Mart on a weekly basis, and they are so thankful for the store given that they are on a fixed income. At Wal-Mart, I see many senior citizens and large families representing many ethnic and socioeconomic groups.
February 7, 1998
I find it odd that the article about Chinatown in Calendar ("Don't Forget Chinatown," Jan. 29) contained no references to the Chinese suburban enclave in the San Gabriel Valley. I hate to be stereotypical, but Anne Beatts seems like the average isolated Westsider; someone at the paper should have realized her limited scope and pointed her to Monterey Park. Doing an article about Chinatown is fine, but doing it like a cliche without the broad view of Chinese American culture today makes the paper seem backward.
April 1, 2007
Yes, there are two main streets in Chinatown ["Inside Chinatown," March 25]: Grant Avenue for the tourists and Stockton Street for the locals. There is also another "nontourist" area in San Francisco known as "Chinatown Two." It's in the Richmond area. If you don't want to drive the five or six miles, just jump on the No. 2 bus and get off at 22nd Avenue and Clement Street. Low-priced bakeries, restaurants and dim sum places abound. JOSEPH LEA Mission Viejo
January 13, 2010
J.R. Bistro in Chinatown LOCATION 750 N. Broadway, Unit F (enter on Hill Street), Los Angeles, (213) 620-0838. PRICE Appetizers, $4 to $8.95; main dishes and combinations, $6.95 to $13.95. DETAILS Open every day 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Lot parking. Visa and Mastercard. Beer and wine.
August 18, 2012
Re "Don't single out Wal-Mart," Editorial, Aug. 14 The real issue behind the debate on the proposed Wal-Mart construction is not "organized labor's antipathy toward the giant retailer. " The root of the issue is what Wal-Mart represents: homogenization of culture. The uniqueness of Chinatown is something that I enjoy. Even in these economic times, opportunities and jobs should come second to preserving and celebrating our diverse history as Americans. Tristan Navarro Whittier I came to Los Angeles from another city where Wal-Mart established a grocery in the local Chinatown.
April 2, 2014 | By Esmeralda Bermudez
Dassler Jimenez stood on a busy stretch of Western Avenue in East Hollywood, ready to plant a flag and call it "Little Venezuela. " Never mind that none of his countrymen live or own businesses in the neighborhood - or the fact that Jimenez has no money to finance the effort and little clue how to make it happen. "If the Armenians and the Koreans did it," Jimenez said, "why can't we?" Jimenez and other Latino leaders have teamed up to promote a common goal: carving out islands for their communities in Los Angeles' jumbled landscape - Peru Village, Little Venezuela, Paseo Colombia, Guatemalan Mayan Village, Oaxacan Corridor.
March 27, 2014 | By Joe Mozingo
When Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow walked the streets of San Francisco's Chinatown in one of his natty suits, bright pocket square ablaze, he exuded power. Almost from the moment he arrived from Hong Kong in 1976 at the age of 16, he was a force in the local underworld, working as an enforcer for a local fraternal club called the Hop Sing Tong, shaking down gambling dens and running prostitution rings, according to authorities and his own accounts. He once told prosecutors he was in charge of all Asian crime in San Francisco, and admitted that he partnered with a leader in an ancient Chinese criminal group, or Triad.
March 26, 2014 | By Ruben Vives and Phil Willon
State Sen. Leland Yee and a San Francisco figure known as "Shrimp Boy" were arrested Wednesday as part of a public corruption probe after a series of raids by federal and gang task force officials, the FBI confirmed. FBI spokesman Peter Lee confirmed the arrest to The Times but declined to provide information on possible charges. Yee, a Democrat who is also running for California secretary of state, was expected to appear in a federal courthouse in downtown San Francisco at 1:30 p.m. Also arrested was Raymond Chow, a well-known San Francisco Chinatown figure who has been connected over the years to the criminal gang Wo Hop To. Chow, also known as "Shrimp Boy," has faced federal charges in the past.
February 8, 2014 | By Frank Shyong
This post has been corrected. See item below. On a Tuesday night in October 1978, a struggling restaurant in Chinatown decided to try some new music. Madame Wong's was having trouble finding customers with a regular Polynesian dance floor show. So proprietor Esther Wong, with some convincing, gave the stage to two punk rock bands. Guitars wailed. Drums crashed. Eggrolls were served. A new venue for Los Angeles punk rock was born. The late 1970s were a golden time for punk rock in Southern California, but traditional music venues looked down on the budding genre.
January 29, 2014 | Cindy Chang
Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou greeted hundreds of flag-waving supporters in Los Angeles' Chinatown on Tuesday, an unusual public appearance on American soil that was a sign of the island's improving relationship with China. Ma was on his way home after visiting Sao Tome and Principe, Burkina Faso and Honduras -- three of Taiwan's remaining diplomatic allies. The U.S. State Department termed the visit a "transit" that is "consistent with the unofficial nature of our relations with Taiwan.
January 28, 2014 | By Cindy Chang
Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou was greeted in Los Angeles Chinatown on Tuesday by lion dancers and hundreds of flag-waving supporters. The public appearance, unusual for a leader of Taiwan, was a sign of the country's improving relationship with the United States. Because of Beijing's view that Taiwan is a renegade province of China, Taiwanese presidents have confined themselves in previous U.S. visits to holding private meetings in hotels. Ma was on his way home after visiting Sao Tome and Principe, Burkina Faso and Honduras -- three of Taiwan's remaining diplomatic allies.
August 13, 2012 | Jim Newton
At one level, the debate over whether to allow Wal-Mart to open a grocery store in Chinatown seems like a big fuss over something fairly small. The store would be just 33,000 square feet and would sell only groceries and sundries; it would not be a "superstore. " The new market would create some jobs and offer some inexpensive products, but it would hardly revolutionize the local economy or bring relief to a food desert. Chinatown already has more than a dozen markets, as well as bakeries and other food outlets.
October 15, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Mark Mothersbaugh of Devo and his wife, Anita Greenspan, must have decided it was time to go forward. Move ahead. They have bought a multi-use building containing apartments and a gallery in Chinatown for $798,000. The 3,300-square-foot structure includes 300 square feet of retail space on the ground floor and twice that much in the ventilated basement for storing, say, the flower-pot hats favored by the new wave band. OK, they are also known as energy domes. There also are two one-bedroom apartments with wood floors and granite countertops.
January 28, 2014 | By Cindy Chang
Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou is expected to arrive Tuesday afternoon in L.A.'s Chinatown to greet supporters and visit local Chinese community associations. The public appearance, unusual for a leader of Taiwan, is a sign of the country's improving relationship with the United States. Because of Beijing's view that Taiwan is a renegade province of China, Taiwanese presidents have confined themselves in previous U.S. visits to holding private meetings in hotels. Ma is on his way home after visiting Sao Tome and Principe, Burkina Faso and Honduras -- three of Taiwan's remaining diplomatic allies.
November 16, 2013 | By Kari Howard
During these first weeks when the nights are dark not long after 5, one thing offers solace: the bus ride home through Chinatown. That's because the flip has been switched on the neon: The show-stopping curves of the Chinatown gate, its spindly tentacles like some kind of sea creature. The fat Buddha on the K.G. Louie Co. sign. The red neon tracing the roofline of the Royal Pagoda Motel, with its mid-century, vaguely Asian-style font for the “Drive-In” and “Office.” And in the industrial wasteland north of Chinatown, the mysterious “Concrete is Fluid.” Chinatown is retro-beautiful any time of the day, but the neon casts a nice glow over a humdrum workaday commute.
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