Grew up half Chinese-American eating, shopping, and visiting Chinatown with my family on a regular basis my whole life.
Ocean Seafood and Empress Pavilion for dim sum, Hop Li, Dynasty Center
Chinese new year parade with my family, picking up dim sum and birthday cakes at Chinatown Bakery (new ownership I think now?)
The Ocean Seafood plaza has become the new trendy spot. I love Chego and Roy Choi’s food, but it kind of opened the floodgate for non-Chinese owned businesses that seem to be pushing out the mom&pops. I’m concerned about places like Howlin Ray’s and Pok Pok and that place that sells vegan hamburgers and the clothing store that took over the music store? Seems like fewer Chinese restaurants and businesses every time I visit.
I would like to see new restaurants and businesses owned by young Chinese-Americans while maintaining the businesses owned by elders. Would like to see rent control and affordable housing for elders. Would like to see places like Ocean Seafood and the home goods stores stay open, places my family actually shops at.