Chinatown and North Beach are Friends!

By Rev. Norman Fong

March 19, 2018

I love this new mural that depicts Chinatown and North Beach as Friends. The mural was drawn by a famous illustrator named Jeremy Fish. The picture shows famous North Beach places like Coit Tower on the left. Chinatown is on the right side and shows the famous Cathay House building on Grant Avenue. What ties our two neighborhoods together is a giant handshake. Don't you love it too?

It was the North Beach Business Association that came to Chinatown CDC with this mural idea to show off our neighborhood friendship. Telegraph Hill Dwellers also cosponsored this mural.

Recently, at our Chinatown CDC Lunar New Year Luncheon, we honored the North Beach Business Association for their ongoing support for Chinatown. They donated to help the recent fire victims of 801 Pacific and contributed to giving turkeys out to Chinatown...

When I was a young boy in 1964, I got attacked by these older youth in North Beach for no reason except that I was Chinese. They called me a Chink. I learned about racism then. Now that I'm an adult, I really appreciate friendship between our communities. We did a few Noodle Fest street fairs together with the North Beach Business Association featuring Spaghetti versus Chow mein... Ha! Ha! That was fun.

It's always good to celebrate our different cultures in Unity! Check out this mural in North Beach on Vallejo Street and Columbus Avenue!

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"Neighborhood Unity" mural

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Over 500 guests attended our Lunar New Year Luncheon

Originally published in Sing Tao Daily on March 18, 2018

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