Chinatown, Oakland

What is Chinatown, Oakland known for?


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. Oakland Fire Department, Engine Company No. 12 is located at 822 Alice Street at 9th Street. Oakland Fire Department: Home Fire engine (Fire apparatus) 2552 is assigned to this fire station. The citizens of Oakland and the Oakland Fire Department will remember the service and sacrifice of Oakland Engine Company No. 12. Hoseman Tracy Toomey who died in the line of duty on January 10, 1999 in a 2 story building collapse


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and English worship service on Sundays. Performing arts Chinese opera was one of the first traditional Chinese art forms in Oakland. In 1907, a Chinese Theater at 9th and Franklin streets opened which could seat 500 people and had a company of 30 full-time actors from China. Today, three styles of Chinese opera clubs are active in Oakland: Cantonese opera, Beijing opera, and Kunqu. Pacific Renaissance Plaza A plaza built by Hong Kong investors in the 1990s, this plaza

. It will eventually grow to K through 8 by adding a grade every year. Formerly located at 321 10th Street, the school moved to 1086 Alcatraz Avenue in February 2013. Colleges and universities *Laney College is a community college located at the south end of Chinatown. Course offerings include Asian and Asian American Studies (Ethnic studies), Chinese language, Japanese language, and Chinese Opera (Music Department). It is a part of the Peralta Community College District. * California State


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, politician *Matt Fong, politician *Ben Fong-Torres, journalist, author, radio personality *Maxine Hong Kingston, writer of ''The Woman Warrior'' and ''China Men'' *Wendy Yoshimura, watercolor artist *William Wong, journalist and author Geography thumbnail 270px Chinese and English Bilingual sign street signs (Image:Chinatown's Signs in Chinese.jpg) in Chinatown. Chinatown is located in Downtown (Central business district) between Broadway to the west


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* History of the Chinese Americans in San Francisco *Jack London Square *Lakeside Apartments District (Lakeside Apartments District, Oakland, California) *Oakland City Center *Old Oakland References Books * Bagwell, Beth (1994). ''Oakland, the Story of a City''. ISBN 0-9640087-1-8 (HC) or ISBN 0-9640087-0-X (PB) * Collins, Willie R. (Ed.) (1994). ''Chinese traditional arts and folklore in Oakland''. City of Oakland Cultural Arts Division's Traditional Arts Program. * Ma


professional development

University, East Bay Cal State East Bay has the Oakland Professional Development and Conference Center at Broadway and 11th Street. Continuing education courses includes a certificate program in ''Teaching Chinese as a Heritage or Other Language''. Other education services *The Mun Fu Yuen "Chinese school" has after school and weekend classes in Cantonese and Mandarin to promote the Chinese language and culture


original location

moved from its original location at the Park Boulevard to the Main Library. In 1981, it moved to its own building at 9th Street and Broadway. The current location in the Pacific Renaissance Plaza opened to the public in 1995. Notable natives and residents *Bruce Lee, martial artist, actor *Fred Korematsu resisted, and then challenged in court, the forced internment of Japanese Americans during World War II (See ''Korematsu v. United States'' for more information.) *Rodney Yee, yoga instructor *Amy Tan, author *Dong Kingman (1911–2000), watercolorist, created paintings for ''Flower Drum Song'' and ''The World of Suzie Wong'' *Dr. Charles Goodall Lee (1881–1973), dentist, first licensed Chinese dentist who financed the lodge building of the Chinese American Citizens Alliance in Oakland *Lew Hing (1858–1934), tycoon, founded successful cannery building an empire in banking, shipping, and real estate *Frank Chin, writer *March Fong Eu, politician *Matt Fong, politician *Ben Fong-Torres, journalist, author, radio personality *Maxine Hong Kingston, writer of ''The Woman Warrior'' and ''China Men'' *Wendy Yoshimura, watercolor artist *William Wong, journalist and author Geography thumbnail 270px Chinese and English Bilingual sign street signs (Image:Chinatown's Signs in Chinese.jpg) in Chinatown. Chinatown is located in Downtown (Central business district) between Broadway to the west, Interstate 880 to the south, Oak Street and Laney College to the east, and 12th Street to the north. The entrance to the Webster Tube, which carries traffic underneath the estuary, is on the edge of Chinatown. Unlike many Chinatowns, it has no formal arch (Paifang) or gate, but it does have bilingual street sign (Traffic sign)s. The neighborhood can be roughly divided into two distinct areas: Between Broadway and Harrison Street is the commercial (Commerce) area, with busy streets lined with markets, restaurants, banks, and other businesses. East of Harrison Street, the neighborhood is more residential in character with more apartments and condominiums, less crowded sidewalks, and a mix of retail stores that are more service and product oriented, with fewer groceries and restaurants. Though the mainstay of commercial activity is south of 10th Street, there are nonetheless many retail shops, stores, and restaurtants north of 10th Street and in other parts of Downtown Oakland which are owned by Chinese and Korean merchants. In particular at the edge of Chinatown, 14th street between Webster and Harrison is block which features numerous Korean restaurants and businesses, especially on the north side of the block. Recent immigrants have also moved south into "New Oakland Chinatown" in the San Antonio neighborhood along International Boulevard (International Boulevard, Oakland, California) (formerly East 14th Street) and Eastlake business district on East 18th Street. Government Representatives * United States Senate represented by Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer * United States House of Representatives District 9 represented by Barbara Lee ** California State Assembly District 16 represented by Sandré Swanson http: www.assembly.ca.gov ** California State Senate District 9 represented by Don Perata *** Alameda County (Alameda County, California) District 3 (Fruitvale, San Antonio, Chinatown portions of Oakland, San Leandro, Alameda, San Lorenzo, Ashland, Hillcrest Knolls) represented by Alice Lai-Bitker About Alice Lai-Bitker - District 3 - Board of Supervisors - Alameda County **** Oakland City Council (Oakland, California#Government and politics) City of Oakland Officials District 2 (Grand Lake (Grand Lake, Oakland)-Chinatown) City Council District 2 map represented by Pat Kernighan ****Oakland Mayor Jean Quan. Police and fire The Oakland Police Department's Administration Building is located at 455 Seventh St. Chinatown is in Oakland Police Department's Beat 3X. Beat 3x website The Community Services Section hosts the Asian Advisory Committee on Crime and the Asian Youth Services Committee. Asian Youth Service Committee Community Services Section at http: oaklandpolice.com The Chinatown Neighborhood Crime Prevention Council for beat 3x, a neighborhood community-policing board meets monthly. Meetings are conducted in Cantonese (Standard Cantonese) and are open to all. Oakland Fire Department, Engine Company No. 12 is located at 822 Alice Street at 9th Street. Oakland Fire Department: Home Fire engine (Fire apparatus) 2552 is assigned to this fire station. The citizens of Oakland and the Oakland Fire Department will remember the service and sacrifice of Oakland Engine Company No. 12. Hoseman Tracy Toomey who died in the line of duty on January 10, 1999 in a 2 story building collapse after responding to a 6 alarm fire on upper Broadway. Infrastructure Transportation Located at the crossroads of the 880 freeway, the tubes linking Alameda and Oakland (Webster Tube), and downtown, Oakland Chinatown bears a significant transportation burden that dates back to the 1950s. Weekday and everyday commerce in the area creates thousands of peak period private automobile trips daily and resulting air pollution impacts on the neighborhood's elderly residents. Over 20,000 shoppers and tourists use its sidewalks every weekend. The traffic on I-880 is over 100,000 cars per day. The neighborhood is served by a freeway on-ramp to I-880 south at 5th and Oak Street. It is also is served by a freeway on-ramp to I-980 at 6th and Jackson. Recently Oakland's Public Works Agency reconfigured travel lanes on Jackson Street to separate traffic travelling South on Jackson from traffic merging-into Jackson from Eastbound 7th Street. This effectively eliminated, through lane re-marking, any possibility of the lost art of the "alternating merge." The volume of automobile traffic travelling away from the core of Chinatown on 7th street towards the freeway connections was so voluminous and unrelenting, that accidents were occurring. Chinatown has the highest number of automobile-pedestrian collisions in the City of Oakland. A pedestrian safety campaign brought in the first scramble (pedestrian scramble) system in Alameda County to Oakland Chinatown to prevent further pedestrian fatalities and injuries. UC Berkeley Pedestrian scramble evaluation Allyson K. Bechtel, Kara E. MacLeod, and David R. Ragland, "Oakland Chinatown Pedestrian Scramble: An Evaluation" (December 17, 2003). U.C. Berkeley Traffic Safety Center. Paper UCB-TSC-RR-2003-06. http: repositories.cdlib.org its tsc UCB-TSC-RR-2003-06 Until recently, California Auto Insurance company actuarial models charged higher rates to residents in the Chinatown's zip code under a practice known as territorial rating, or zip code profiling. The insurance actuarial theory behind this market practice purports that drivers residing or "principally garaging" their cars in a certain area face a greater loss and accident ratio. This practice, was outlawed by California voters in 1988 by Proposition 103 on the statewide ballot. The law made its way through the courts for 18 years before several insurance companies settled with California Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi in 2006 to put an end to the practice. Oakland is served by several AC Transit bus lines which run on 7th, 8th, 11th, 12th, Broadway, and Franklin Streets. Many visitors to the neighborhood use nearby mass transit connections. The neighborhood has two BART stations: 12th Street Station (Oakland City Center 12th Street (BART station)) on its northwest corner, and Lake Merritt Station (Lake Merritt (BART station)) at its eastern edge. Education Primary and secondary schools Public schools Residents of Chinatown are zoned to schools in the Oakland Unified School District. Zoned schools include Elementary School (Oakland, California) Lincoln Elementary School (K-5) Katz, Alex. "Chinatown school beating odds Lincoln Elementary in select group to be honored for achievement gains." ''Oakland Tribune''. Saturday January 7, 2006. Retrieved on September 9, 2011. "LINCOLN Elementary School Boundaries." Oakland Unified School District. Retrieved on September 11, 2011. *Westlake Middle School "WESTLAKE Middle School Boundaries." Oakland Unified School District. Retrieved on September 11, 2011. *Oakland Technical High School "OAKLAND TECHNICAL High School Boundaries." Oakland Unified School District. Retrieved on September 11, 2011. American Indian Public Charter School II, a charter school campus of the American Indian Model Schools system, is located in Chinatown. Murphy, Katy. "Oakland charter schools get high marks and skepticism." ''The Oakland Tribune''. Monday November 3, 2008. Retrieved on September 11, 2011. It caters to students living in the Chinatown and Lake Merritt areas. "Family Handbook." American Indian Public Charter School II. 4. Updated June 22, 2009. Retrieved on September 9, 2011. In 2008 it shared a campus with Oakland Charter Academies (now Amethod Public Schools). The Lighthouse Community Charter School Lighthouse Community Charter School website started in the 2004 - 2005 school year with grades K-2 and 6-8. LCCS intends to enroll two new grade levels each year until it serves grades K – 12 school in 2008–2009. It will move to new facilities near the airport for the 2009-2010 school year. The '''Lake Merritt''' Bay Area Rapid Transit station (metro station) is located in Downtown Oakland on Oak Street near Lake Merritt, Chinatown (Chinatown, Oakland), Laney College and the Oakland Museum (Oakland Museum of California). This station consists of an underground island platform. When compared to the more well-known Chinatowns of Oakland (Chinatown, Oakland) and San Francisco (Chinatown, San Francisco) in California and Vancouver, British Columbia (Chinatown, Vancouver), Portland's Chinatown is smaller and less active. It has more than two dozen Chinese-owned businesses, including restaurants such as Good Taste which serves Cantonese (Cantonese cuisine) noodle soups and barbecued meats, gift and import shops, club houses, an herbal medicine store and an Asian food market.


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*Shoong Family Chinese Cultural Center: Chinatown, Oakland Further reading * Ah-Tye, Howard (1999). ''Resourceful Chinese''. Matai Group. * Chann, Ernest (1976). "Brief History of Oakland Chinatown." Unpublished monograph. At Oakland Public Library, Oakland History Room. * Chow, Willard T. (June 1, 1977). The Reemergence of an Inner City: The Pivot of Chinese Settlement in the East Bay Region of the San Francisco Bay Area. R & E Pub. ISBN 0-88247-457-X * Ma, L. Eva Armentrout


school year

School website started in the 2004 - 2005 school year with grades K-2 and 6-8. LCCS intends to enroll two new grade levels each year until it serves grades K – 12 school in 2008–2009. It will move to new facilities near the airport for the 2009-2010 school year. Yu Ming Charter School, Yu Ming website a Mandarin immersion charter school, currently serves grades K through 4


diverse population

the Vietnam War. Many Asian languages and dialects can be heard in Chinatown due to its diverse population. Chinatown is located in downtown Oakland, with its center at 8th Street and Webster Street. Its northern edge is 12th Street, and its southern edge is Interstate 880 (located approximately at 6th Street). It stretches from Broadway on the west to the southern tip of Lake Merritt in the east. Oakland's Chinatown, like many other Chinatowns, appears to be experiencing a prolonged recession, with significantly declining business activity, forcing community planners to consider a significant move towards gentrification (with higher-priced development). The '''Lake Merritt''' Bay Area Rapid Transit station (metro station) is located in Downtown Oakland on Oak Street near Lake Merritt, Chinatown (Chinatown, Oakland), Laney College and the Oakland Museum (Oakland Museum of California). This station consists of an underground island platform. When compared to the more well-known Chinatowns of Oakland (Chinatown, Oakland) and San Francisco (Chinatown, San Francisco) in California and Vancouver, British Columbia (Chinatown, Vancouver), Portland's Chinatown is smaller and less active. It has more than two dozen Chinese-owned businesses, including restaurants such as Good Taste which serves Cantonese (Cantonese cuisine) noodle soups and barbecued meats, gift and import shops, club houses, an herbal medicine store and an Asian food market.


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, Eve Armentrout and Ma, Jeong Huei (1982). ''The Chinese of Oakland: Unsung Builders'' Oakland Chinese History Research Committee. * National Park Service History. A History of Chinese Americans in California. Retrieved June 7, 2005. * Wa Sung Community Service Club. ''Oakland Chinatown Community Directory 2005''. * Wong, William (2004). ''Oakland's Chinatown'' (Images of America: California). Arcadia Publishing ISBN 0-7385-2925

Chinatown, Oakland

The '''Chinatown''' neighborhood in Oakland, California, is a pan-Asian neighborhood which reflects Oakland's diverse Asian American community. It is frequently referred to as "'''Oakland Chinatown'''" in order to distinguish it from nearby San Francisco's Chinatown (Chinatown, San Francisco). It lies at an elevation of 39 feet (12 m).

Chinese (Chinese American) were the first Asians to arrive in Oakland in the 1850s, followed by Japanese (Japanese Americans) in the 1890s, Korean (Korean Americans)s in the 1900s, and Filipino (Filipino American)s in the 1930s and 1940s. Southeast Asians began arriving in the 1970s during the Vietnam War. Many Asian languages and dialects can be heard in Chinatown due to its diverse population.

Chinatown is located in downtown Oakland, with its center at 8th Street and Webster Street. Its northern edge is 12th Street, and its southern edge is Interstate 880 (located approximately at 6th Street). It stretches from Broadway on the west to the southern tip of Lake Merritt in the east.

Oakland's Chinatown, like many other Chinatowns, appears to be experiencing a prolonged recession, with significantly declining business activity, forcing community planners to consider a significant move towards gentrification (with higher-priced development).

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