I feel like this photo is very much L.A. or American Chinese. Yes, you have the Chinese characters. Yes, you have dragon dancers and the architecture. But it's not Chinese music, it's American. I think this allowed people to be more open to what Chinatown is about.”
New Chinatown was conceived as a place where Chinese-Americans could live and flourish, support one another, and promote belonging, understanding, and a sense of identity connecting the old and the young. From the benevolent societies of the 19th century to contemporary mutual aid efforts, New Chinatown has provided a familial network for its residents and extended community within the vast sprawl of Los Angeles.