It's really crazy to see the dragon, this photo on the dirt road and how it's still a main focal point in the Chinese New Year parades in Chinatown today. And it shows a lot of resilience, and it's really amazing how Chinese people have kept this culture and this tradition going, despite all that has happened.”
New Chinatown is a landmark manifestation of Chinese resilience in Los Angeles. The first planned Chinatown in North America to be owned by Chinese, it was conceived and created in response to their eviction from properties in Old Chinatown in the 1930s. Community leaders Peter SooHoo Sr. and Y. C. Hong identified with the American principles of liberty and independence, despite the discrimination that they experienced. In their new home, the Chinese persisted in their struggle for full civil rights for their generation and future generations.