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Writer and educator Jenny Cho will show vintage images from her new photo book highlighting the 150-year evolution of LA's Chinatown.

The history of Chinatown in Los Angeles is as vibrant as the city itself. In 1850, the U.S. Census recorded only two Chinese men in Los Angeles who worked as domestic servants. During the second half of the 19th century, a Chinese settlement developed around the present-day El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument. Chinese Americans persevered against violence, racism, housing discrimination, exclusion laws, unfair taxation, and physical displacement to create better lives for future generations. When Old Chinatown was demolished to make way for Union Station, community leader Peter SooHoo Sr. and other Chinese Americans spearheaded the effort to build New Chinatown with the open-air Central Plaza. Unlike other Chinese enclaves in the United States, New Chinatown was owned and planned from its inception by Chinese Americans. New Chinatown celebrated its grand opening with dignitaries, celebrities, community members, and a dedication by California governor Frank Merriam on June 25, 1938.

About the Author
Author Jenny Cho, a writer and educator specializing in Asian American Studies, is a second-generation Chinese American writer who credits her parents with instilling in her a love of history. These vintage images from the Chinese Historical Society of Southern California and several invaluable collections span the 150-year evolution of Chinatown in Los Angeles.

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