When Dick Evans and Kathy Chin Leong began exploring Chinatown for their new book, “San Francisco’s Chinatown,” with a goal to provide an insider’s look at the famed neighborhood, Leong was struck instead by what she saw was fading. Leong grew up in the Sunset District and was in Chinatown every weekend and through the summers, visiting her grandmother . . .
"Scenes From Chinatown"
As a child growing up in San Francisco, I knew Chinatown innately. It was where my mother would shop for glistening, bronzed roast ducks for dinner; where my dad would pop into a bakery to pick up strawberry chiffon cake in a pink box; where we’d get our fill of dumplings at cacophonic dim sum parlors; and where I’d joyfully run up the iconic wide spiral ramp of the landmark Empress of China . . .
In Focus. Brilliantly illustrating life in one of the country’s most culturally significant neighborhoods, San Francisco’s Chinatown ($40) is a documentary photography book worth sharing year-round. Local photographer Dick Evans captures scenes of everyday life . . .
San Francisco Chinatown is one of the city’s most contradictory places. The neighborhood draws more tourists every year than the Golden Gate Bridge, yet most of its residents live in rundown SROs, and Chinatown's median household income is barely a fourth that of the San Francisco average. But these contradictions and cultural backstories are ...
"10 books by Bay Area authors that should be on your holiday list"
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"Dick Evans and Kathy Chin Leong : San Francisco's Chinatown"
This close-up look at the oldest Chinatown in North America brings readers to a deeper understanding of this iconic destination. Evan’s images capture the diversity and humanity of the densest urban neighborhood west of Manhattan. Leong’s concentrated profiles of select Chinatown resilience . . .