chinatown sweets and pastries

This exhibit celebrates sweet stories and memories of San Francisco Chinatown’s candies, baked goods and desserts.

Exhibition dates: January 24 – February 24, 2019
Exhibit Hours: Thursdays – Sundays, 11 am – 4 pm
41 Ross Alley, San Francisco 94108
Opening Reception: January 25, 5-8 pm

展覽日期: 1/24 – 2/24
星期四至星期日,上午11 時至下午4 時
開幕: 1月25日,星期二,晚上5時至8時

aa bakery
AA Bakery. Photo by Emma Marie Chiang 蔣智明

41 Ross Alley gallery will be exhibiting Chinatown Sweets and Pastries from Thursday, January 24 through Sunday, February 24, 2019. This exhibition curated by Chinatown Community Development Center explores the role that Chinatown’s sweets and pastries play for residents in their daily lives and on holidays and special occasions. This exhibit focuses on San Francisco Chinatown’s vibrant and unique culinary traditions at AA Bakery, Dragon Papa, Garden Bakery, iCafe, Ming Lee Trading Company, and New Asia. These places sell everything from dragon’s beard candy and egg tarts, to red bean buns, candied fruit, and sweet soup dumplings. These foods are more than just sustenance and a sugary indulgence for the soul – these foods help provide Chinese Americans with an identity and community built on shared meals and a little bit of sweetness. The exhibit features photographs and a film by Emma Marie Chiang with assistance from Martin Peter Bustamante, stories gathered by Vida K, and a lighted sign installation by Tiffany Hsieh and Brandon Ly.

Photos by Emma Marie Chiang 蔣智明

chinatown sweets and pastries
New Asia. Photo by Emma Marie Chiang 蔣智明

In association with Spotlight Chinatown, a program of Chinatown Community Development Center supporting neighborhood commerce and community. Chinatown Sweets and Pastries is supported by the San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD), San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency (SFMTA), and Chinese Chamber of Commerce. This exhibit is generously supported by The Kresge Foundation and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC).

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