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[TIMEINE] L.A.'s "China City" Opens on June 7, 1938

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  • madchinaman
    New Chinatown opens its gates http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me- a2anniversary7jun07,1,4522261.story June 7, 1938: A tourist attraction called China City
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 7, 2006
      New Chinatown opens its gates
      http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-
      a2anniversary7jun07,1,4522261.story


      June 7, 1938: A tourist attraction called China City opened on Ord
      Street between Main and Spring streets, drawing 10,000 visitors on
      its first day.

      "The little shops are filled with art objects and steaming foods.
      There is a bamboo theater," The Times said on opening day. "A temple
      in which peanut oil burns in silver lotus flowers before the Goddess
      Quan Yin is fragrant with incense wafted against the silver and gold
      embroidery on the walls."

      China City featured winding cobblestone streets, art galleries and
      rickshaw rides.

      The site was dreamed up by civic activist Christine Sterling, the
      founder of Olvera Street, after construction of Union Station pushed
      out Chinatown residents and shopkeepers.

      The Main Street gate was dedicated to the late Times reporter and
      columnist Harry Carr. "He would have enjoyed watching every little
      store going into place. Chinatown was one of his adventure lands,"
      The Times said.

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      http://www.chssc.org/history/histtimeline.html
      New Chinatown and China City open in Los Angeles. Chinese
      populations in Los Angeles districts of City Market, East Adams, and
      Spring Street near China City, increase due to destruction of Old
      Chinatown site to make room for construction of Union Station.
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