Articles in the Chinatown Category
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Poll position

By Pearly Huang | December 1, 2014 | Open City

In neighborhoods where Asian American voters lack English fluency, poll workers are the overlooked links to electoral participation.

The “Menace” of Mott Street

By Eveline Chao | July 25, 2014 | Open City

I traveled to the heart of the epidemic one day in July to find out for myself what kind of peril we’re in.

A Dance with Chinatown

By Eveline Chao | June 18, 2014 | Open City

There are so many people who are invisible to us, and I think that its important to realize that the girl who runs the egg-cakes cart, she has dreams too, she has a future too, she has a past as well.

Seven Reasons You Should Apply for an Open City Fellowship

By AAWW | May 20, 2014 | Open City

The applications have been streaming in for our next round of Open City fellows. If you’re an emerging Asian American writer, consider applying and help spread the word about this wonderful opportunity…

“Eating Wildly”

By Ava Chin | May 12, 2014 | Open City

I often tagged along with my grandparents down the aisles of Chinese supermarkets. While Grandma stuck to purchasing standard items like Saltines or milk to add to her morning coffee, Grandpa knew the secrets of the dried, preserved goods and vegetables tucked away into the stores’ dusty corners.

Arcade Rhythms

By Eveline Chao | April 24, 2014 | Open City

Alex is a skinny teenager with shaggy black hair – almost like a Beatles cut. He comes here all the time, just to play this game.

“Sitting the Month” in Queens

By Amanda Dingyuan Hou | March 18, 2014 | Open City

No showering, no going outside, no drinking cold water–for an entire month. Many women in mainland China observe these rules as part of a traditional health care practice following childbirth.

Dear MSG,

By Annie Choi | March 14, 2014 | Open City

I know that you’ve had some tough times the past few years. People have called to ban you, to oust you from the kitchen…

The Roast Duck Bureaucracy

By Eveline Chao | March 11, 2014 | Open City

About a decade ago, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOH) began to puzzle over a strange and disturbing sight: whole, roasted ducks, hanging by their necks in the windows of Manhattan’s Chinatown.

Everybody Knew Him

By Eveline Chao | January 26, 2014 | Open City

“He could’ve walked into Harlem and everybody knew ‘im. He could walk into Spanish Harlem, everybody knew him. The gangsters knew him and respected him because he stood up to them…”

A Makeover for Chinatown’s Garment Industry

By Eveline Chao | January 7, 2014 | Open City

Visitors to the address would have found an entirely different scene ten or fifteen years ago. Before it was a fashion headquarters, the building was a garment factory…

Vota por Mí: Campaigns in Translation

By Eveline Chao | November 5, 2013 | Open City

“Once we printed Chinese upside-down and nobody knew it. That was embarrassing!”

Designer’s Choice: A Conversation with Mary Ping

By Christina Moon | September 24, 2013 | Open City

We both remembered the fashion house’s Van Gogh jacket with its exquisite hand-embroidered jewel toned flowers, but it was Mary, who, without a heartbeat, recalled the year, telling the archivist to pull from the 1988 collection.

Gifting Confucius

By Eveline Chao | September 19, 2013 | Open City

In the center of the plaza stands a bronze, 15-foot statue of the Chinese sage…In its shadow, a woman with a visor and clipboard is selling shuttle tickets to Foxwoods Casino.

Magical Mystery Tour: Chinatown’s Underbelly with Novelist Ed Lin

By E. Tammy Kim | November 8, 2012 | Open City

“My strength is writing about Chinese people and dirtbags, and Chinese dirtbags.”

Post Sandy, Day 4: Hester Street in Lower Manhattan

By Ken Chen | November 2, 2012 | Open City

Community organizers distributed supplies and canvassed buildings for two days before FEMA showed up to offer aid.

Hurricane Sandy: The Storm’s Impact on Immigrant Workers and Organizations

By Sukjong Hong | November 1, 2012 | Open City

For outer borough residents and the linguistically isolated, the future is less clear.

Photographs: Paper Doll Immigrants

By Katherine Zhang | August 23, 2012 | Open City

John Clang’s “Beijing New York” is a product of some good old-fashioned cut and paste.

Red Rice Wine: Chinatown’s Artisanal Homebrew

By Anelise Chen | August 13, 2012 | Open City

The scarlet tonic is often portrayed as the city’s modern-day moonshine. The reality? It barely counts as booze.

Compromise City: A Battle Over Affordable Housing

By E. Tammy Kim | August 8, 2012 | Open City

After 45 years as a parking lot, the Seward Park Extension Urban Renewal Area will be developed to include mixed-income housing. So why are some advocates crying foul?

Accidental Chinese Hipsters

By Alison Kuo | June 27, 2012 | Open City

So ironic, it’s not.

The Fan

By Anelise Chen | June 27, 2012 | Open City

Perhaps the air conditioner was broken. Perhaps there was no air conditioner.

Accidental Chinese Hipsters

By Alison Kuo | June 19, 2012 | Open City

So ironic, it’s not.

Bachelor(ette) Society

By E. Tammy Kim | June 12, 2012 | Open City

The lone male remains the archetype of migrant labor, despite the changing facts on the ground.

The Day After the Chinatown Bus Shutdown

By Anelise Chen | June 4, 2012 | Open City

“It’s warfare against Chinese companies.”

The Apartment Hunt

By Anelise Chen | June 4, 2012 | Open City

I checked out a space on Catherine and Madison, thinking that a Chinatown address would at least appease my dad.

The M15

By E. Tammy Kim | June 3, 2012 | Open City

Where New Yorkers collide. For better or for worse.