The cultural character of the community has been transformed. “I keep thinking they want Chinatown to be Chinatown, but without its people,” Chow says.
Evelyn Moy worries that Chinatown’s original community is shrinking too fast. Guey-Lee thinks it will be gone in 10 years. Tom Fong is concerned, too, but optimistic about the future. “It’s very important that we keep Chinatown as a touchstone for who we are and where we come from,” he says, “but it’s also important to move forward.”
“We saw Chinatown as a place where we could see others that look like us.” For Wendy Lim, Harry Guey-Lee, Tom Fong, Harry Chow, and Evelyn Moy, Chinatown is more than a neighborhood, it was a safe space, a community, and a public expression of shared culture. It was home.