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Chinatown: Community Agency Looks To Engage More Residents, Businesses

Chinatown: Community Agency Looks To Engage More Residents, Businesses

In a quiet office on 9th Street, red lanterns are strung from the ceiling and two long banners are hung beside a portrait of the Arch of Friendship. The office houses the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corp., where special projects associate Lamei Zhang (above) sits in the back corner, tucked between two computer screens and flyers […]

 

Chinatown: 5 Places to Eat Something Other Than Chinese Food

Chinatown: 5 Places to Eat Something Other Than Chinese Food

Chinatown offers a comforting, reliable picture for the hungry: cooked ducks hanging in shop windows, neon signs glowing with ads for noodle soup and chow fun. Around this time of year, red paper cut-outs and lanterns hang from stores for the celebration of the Lunar New Year. But for a neighborhood that stretches less than […]

 

Chinatown: Groups Work To Increase Residents’ Participation In Politics, Elections

Chinatown: Groups Work To Increase Residents’ Participation In Politics, Elections

Election Day has come and gone and many are either celebrating or discouraged by the result. While this brought an end to the current election cycle, the work done to increase the political involvement of the Chinese community is far from over. Just this year, the nonprofit Philadelphia Tri-state Chinese American Association formed, with Yong Peng as its […]

 

Chinatown: John Chin Seeks To Bring Divided Community Together

Chinatown: John Chin Seeks To Bring Divided Community Together

John Chin, the executive director of Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corp. (PCDC), is at the forefront of a neighborhood split in two. According to city maps, the space above the Vine Street Expressway is considered Callowhill. But it is known to Chin – as well as to his colleagues and, Chin hopes, many others in the future – […]

 

Chinatown North/Callowhill: Pearl Street Gets Polished

Chinatown North/Callowhill: Pearl Street Gets Polished

There are many derelict alleyways all over the city. Many are used for storing dumpsters and garbage, and so they have become eyesores and havens for nuisance behavior. Recently though, designers and artists in Center City brainstormed for ways to reclaim poorly used passageways in the city in hopes of both beautifying and utilizing the […]

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Chinatown: Chinese Catholics Create An Immigrant Landing Pad in Philadelphia

Chinatown: Chinese Catholics Create An Immigrant Landing Pad in Philadelphia

Pope Francis ended his inaugural visit to the United States of America, celebrating multiple masses and public events as part of the World Meeting of Families.  One of the primary issues the Pontiff focused on during his time in the US was immigration. In his address to the United States Congress, Pope Francis drew on his own […]

 

Chinatown: AAU Allows Voices to be Heard

Chinatown: AAU Allows Voices to be Heard

Asian Americans United was founded in 1985 by a group of people who were college students or young adults in the late 60’s and early 70’s and had been politicized to Asian American politics. This group of young adults wanted to fight oppression against Asian Americans living in this country. AAU was formed during a […]

 

Chinatown: Xu Lin Builds Community With Dragon Boat Team

Chinatown: Xu Lin Builds Community With Dragon Boat Team

The summer weather is arriving and the school year ending, but Chinatown is not exactly the ideal vacation spot. “There’s nothing to do in Chinatown during the summer,” said Jason Lin, 31. “There are no activities.” Luckily for the kids, Xu Lin, 31, helps solve the predicament of no fun stuff by taking locals dragon boat […]

 

Chinatown: A Community Leader Who Learns from Challenges

Chinatown: A Community Leader Who Learns from Challenges

John Chin, 49, the Executive Director of Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation (PCDC), was born and raised in Philadelphia’s Chinatown. As Chin comfortably sat in the black swivel chair with a nice white dress shirt tucked into his black slacks, he began to share the beginnings of the corporation. PCDC first opened its doors in 1966, […]

 

Chinatown: Five Noodle Shops You Need to Go Slurp

Chinatown: Five Noodle Shops You Need to Go Slurp

When it comes to noodles, this stringy-carb is a delicacy to not only the Chinese culture but for all Asian cultures alike. In the art of making these noodles, there are different forms they can be made into – flat, cylindrical, thick or thin. Made from unleavened dough, noodles are stretched, extruded, rolled and then cut to make the […]

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