Chinatown Pretty: Fashion and Wisdom from Chinatown's Most Stylish Seniors

For a limited time purchase an autographed copy with free personalized message. Proceeds of the book sale benefit the 30th Anniversary of Chinatown CDC's Youth Leadership Development programs.

Purchase hardcover edition:
+ $5.00 shipping or pickup on 5/1 at the meet and greet with the authors in SF Chinatown

All books are signed by Andria Lo and Valerie Luu. Personalized books are optional and can be provided upon request for a limited time for books orders submitted by April 25, 2021. Please indicate below if you are requesting a copy with personalized message.

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Orders ship by May 1, 2021.

Proceeds of the book sale benefit our Youth Leadership Development programs. All sales are final, no returns.

There will be a meet and greet with the authors tentatively scheduled for May 1, 2021 in Chinatown. Please check back for more information.

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Chinatown Pretty features beautiful portraits and heartwarming stories of trend-setting seniors across six Chinatowns.

Andria Lo and Valerie Luu have been interviewing and photographing Chinatown's most fashionable elders on their blog and Instagram, Chinatown Pretty, since 2014.

Chinatown Pretty is a signature style worn by pòh pohs (grandmas) and gùng gungs (grandpas) everywhere—but it's also a life philosophy, mixing resourcefulness, creativity, and a knack for finding joy even in difficult circumstances.

  • Photos span Chinatowns in San Francisco, Oakland, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York City, and Vancouver.
  • The style is a mix of modern and vintage, high and low, handmade and store bought clothing.
  • This is a celebration of Chinese American culture, active old-age, and creative style.

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About the Authors

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Valerie Luu is a writer and one-half of the Vietnamese pop-up restaurant Rice Paper Scissors. She lives in San Francisco.

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Andria Lo is a freelance photographer whose work has been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle, the New York Times, and Wired. She lives in Berkeley.

Learn more about Chinatown Pretty at and on Instagram @chinatownpretty.

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