San Francisco’s Chinatown

The Chinatown field trip presented an insider view of gaining a richer understanding of the history and present state of San Francisco’s Chinatown through participating in the Chinatown Heritage tour, viewing the current exhibit at the Chinese Cultural Center with the insights of its Program Director (aka VCS student Abby Chen), and then enjoying a meal at a local Chinatown restaurant.

We explored themes we have discussed in Visual + Critical Studies courses play out in the specific location of San Francisco’s Chinatown. Additionally the Chinese Cultural Center provided an opportunity to discuss art institutions built upon cultural identity, their potential problematics, and internal negotiations between
preserving traditions and connecting with the next generation.

January 23, 2010