Chinatown Walking Tour

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Restaurants have played a major role in Chinatown history since the early settlements. The earliest Chinese eateries in New York catered strictly to the needs of Chinatown’s turn-of-the-century “bachelor society.” Over time, however, Chinatown’s restaurant industry would reflect the neighborhood’s changing immigrant population and needs. This themed walking tour hosted by MOCA traces the evolution of eateries in Chinatown, highlighting the ways in which these spaces have both shaped and reflected the community.

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Happy 10/10 – Taiwanese Independence Day

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Today is the 10/10 parade at 4:30PM in Chinatown. Head over there after class this late afternoon for an amazing parade celebrating the Taiwanese Independence Day. There will be dancers, community leaders, and lion/dragon dancing! Grab some dinner afterwards in Chinatown!

Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA)

The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) is known for their fantastic exhibits that really display what life in Chinatown is like and what it means to be Chinese in America. Check out this fantastic article in ChinaDaily USA about MOCA.

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If you’re interested in heading to this museum for an event, Thursday night is a great opportunity!

Join Herb Tam and Yue Ma, curators of Waves of Identity: 35 Years of Archiving, for a discussion on this exhibition that examines Chinese American identity through MOCA’s collection of photographs, personal letters, artifacts and oral histories. They will unpack the process of developing and organizing this exhibition as well as the role archive materials play in interpreting the history of a community. For more information, click here.

Chinatown’s Hotel Business is Booming!

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According to the Commercial Observer, Chinatown’s hotel industry is helping the local economy. After the 9/11 attacks 13 years ago, Chinatown was one of the neighborhoods in downtown Manhattan that suffered. After the attacks, Robert DeNiro, a resident of Tribecca, brought his friends to Chinatown to help boost the economy.

Now, with the 9/11 memorial, SoHo, and Lower East Side bars, restaurants, and businesses, downtown Manhattan is prospering again. Many companies are building hotels in Chinatown and we look forward to seeing their success!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Filmed in Chinatown

Have you checked out the latest box office hit, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? The movie takes place in NYC, but you will see some familiar locations like the Canal Street station in Chinatown!

Let us know if you spot any other familiar places in the movie!