AUTUMN MOON FESTIVAL Party...../ plus dinner in L.A. Chinatown

  • September 21, 2013 · 5:15 PM
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Early dinner at an Asian fusion restaurant in Chinatown; pretty inexpensive [only $5 to $9 depending on what you order ].........then the festival ......

Free AUTUMN MOON FESTIVAL in L.A. Chinatown.......

6pm - 11pm

Outdoor Dancing, Music & cultural performances, art gallery openings, art shows, outdoor festival.........................

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optional outing to Grand Star Jazz Club for rock / pop / jazz / hip hop

music performances...........

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We will have an early delicious dinner for a low reasonable cost of $9 or $10 per person beforehand.

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Central & West Plaza
943-951 N. Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Free for all ages

The festival is easily accessed via Metro Gold Line rail from the Chinatown Station.

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[ Do not try this at home ...........]

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HISTORY of L.A. Chinatown:

Introduction

Reprinted from The Los Angeles Chinatown 50th Year Guidebook, June 1988: The Golden Years of Los Angeles Chinatown: The Beginning by Suellen Cheng and Munson Kwok, Chinese Historical Society of Southern California

Fifty years ago on the sunny Saturday of June 25, 1938, California's Governor Merriam and a host of dignitaries dedicated Los Angeles Chinatown's Central Plaza in a gala Grand Opening ceremony. One of the Nation's first malls and certainly the first modern American Chinatown, owned and planned from the ground up by Chinese, Central Plaza would provide a magnificent hub and lexus for growth into the famous colorful, vibrant Chinese American community we all know today.

Originally, New Chinatown consisted of many notable restaurants, shops, an herbal store, a grocery store, a bean cake factory, a Chinese deli and offices. In 1938, these long-time establishments were all moved from Los Angeles' Old Chlnatown, not quite a mile away. What led to this sudden mass relocation into Los Angeles' Little Italy, and the need for establishing a new Chinatown?

The first Chinese was recorded to be in Los Angeles in 1852. Continuous settlement began in 1857. By 1870, an identifiable "Chinatown" of 200 or so was situated on Calle de Los Negros - Street of the Dark Hued Ones - a short alley 50 feet wide and one block long between El Pueblo Plaza and Old Arcadia Street. These early, mostly male, Chinese were mainly laundrymen, market gardeners, agricultural and ranch workers, and road builders. Despite the heavy discrimination in the late 19th century, Chinese held a dominant economic position in the Los Angeles laundry and produce industries for several years of this period. Consequently, old Chinatown flourished, expanding eastward from the Plaza across Alameda Street and eventually attaining a population of over 3000. The Exclusion Acts inhibited any real growth for many years.

In a typical experience, Chinese became lessees, subleasees or tenants of a major land or property owner, such as Apablasa. Laws prohibited most from citizenship and hence, property ownership. The Chinese densely settled a major part of Old Chinatown on the Juan Apablasa grazing grounds and vineyards, controlled by his old widow. Inability to gain ownership in large measure would have dire consequences later.

Old Chinatown in its heyday, 1890 to 1910, could count 15 or so streets and alleys, and perhaps 200 building units. It had sufficient size and sophistication to boast of a Chinese opera theater, three temples, a newspaper (for a while), and later, its own telephone exchange. Old Chinatown was a residential as well as commercial community. The slow increase in the number of women would lead to the establishment of families with children. During this time, most of today's leading Chinese family and district associations, Chinatown institutions were founded, and church missions were organized, which began the process of community acculturation. Old Chinatown, with restaurants, curio shops, and "strange" entertainments, even became an attraction for the early, pioneering breed of American tourist.

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  • rollee

    It was fun dancing in the moonlight with all of you!

    September 23

  • Richard C

    Rollee and Elaine, thanks for organizing it. I had a blast ...

    1 · September 22

    • JOHN GONZALES

      Thanks for photo shots. Cant wait to see them

      September 22

  • Elaine

    Thanks to all who joined me celebrate the Autumn Moon Festival in Chinatown. I hope you had a good time.

    5 · September 22

  • JOHN GONZALES

    Thank you Elaine & Rollie for gathering us up. Had a great time

    September 21

  • JOHN GONZALES

    To all who took photos thank you much , cant wait to see it.

    1 · September 21

  • Elaine

    Festival goers, meet us in front of Wonder Bakery at 6:45. We're finishing up dinner.

    September 21

  • Ting Huang

    Are you still at pho 97?

    September 21

  • A former member
    A former member

    Please update festival meetup location after pho. Thanks

    September 21

  • Elaine

    We're at Pho 97 - right across from Chego. Chego is packed.

    September 21

  • Liyan

    We are here now :)

    September 21

  • Ting Huang

    On my way!

    September 21

  • Howie

    Hi. Will meet you guys at the festival not going to make the dinner. See you guys there.

    September 21

  • Elaine

    Still haven't heard from Starry Kitchen, so we should just stick with the original plan and meet at Chego. I'll see you guys there!

    September 21

    • Mike

      See you guys at Chego in an hour

      September 21

    • rollee

      Starry Kitchen says they are open, but will be pretty packed for part of the night.

      September 21

  • A former member
    A former member

    It says rspv closed, but guess since both Rollee & Elaine says its ok, I'll see yall there. :)

    September 21

  • Elaine

    I just checked the starry kitchen site and it says you need reservations. I just asked about reservations, so I'll let you guys know.

    September 21

  • Troy Tan

    Carpool from Alhambra anyone?

    September 20

    • A former member
      A former member

      I can carpool with you. Where do you want to meet for carpool?

      September 21

    • Troy Tan

      No i need carpool.

      September 21

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will not join dinner but will meet u guys for the festival

    September 21

  • rollee

    Not too late at all! We are going to meet up at Starry Kitchen instead of Chego. Just incase anyone has questions or can't find Starry Kitchen (it's inside the Grand Star Jazz Club), my number is [masked].

    1 · September 21

  • Mike

    So are we still meeting at Chego or Starry Night?

    September 21

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is it too late to join?

    September 21

    • Elaine

      No, rsvp is still open.

      September 21

  • Rita

    COMPLIMENTARY mooncake sampling! Whaaaaat?!?!?!
    http://www.yelp.com/events/los-...­

    3 · September 18

    • Elaine

      Thanks for the info!

      September 18

  • Rita

    Will be out of town.

    July 10, 2013

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