Anna May Wong Star, Los Angeles County.
Anna May Wong, the first Chinese American film star, was born in Los Angeles Old Chinatown in 1905 to parents who were in the laundry business. Her film career began in 1919 as an extra. She attained her first leading role in 1922 in the film Toll of the Sea and international attention with the 1924 release of The Thief of Baghdad. In 1926, she appeared in Jun You Jew's first film, Story of Xue Pinggui. By 1928, Wong had relocated to Europe where she became an internationally respected star of film and stage. She returned to Los Angeles in 1931 where her 1932 performance in Shanghai Express marked the pinnacle of her career. Her last film was in 1960: Savage Innocents. In all, Wong performed in 21 films. She resided in Santa Monica until her death in 1961. Her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is at 1708 Vine Street, Hollywood. See Bruce Lee Star, Los Angeles County; Los Angeles Old Chinatown, Los Angeles, County. Reference: Kyle 1988:7-11; Lai 1998: 5; See 1995: 215,225-230. Photo.
Bilingual Street Signs, Los Angeles County.
Responding to a dramatic increase in the Chinese language-only population of the Los Angeles
Chinatown, various Chinatown community groups petitioned the City of Los Angeles to place
Chinese-English language street signs at various intersections. The intent was to symbolize a
beginning point for many Asian immigrants who lived in Chinatown and to help them assimilate
more easily into an English-speaking culture. The first sign was unveiled on November 26, 1984
and was the first comprehensive effort at bilingual street signage in the city. Usually the Chinese language portion of the sign is a phonetic pronunciation of the street name. Yet, some street names, such as New High Street, may be heard as profanity in the Sam Yup dialect. As a result, it was literally translated as were College Street and Sunset Boulevard. Others, such as Broadway and Yale Street, reflect their vernacular names. A total of 18 intersections and 64 sets of Chinese/English street signs had been installed by the early 1990's. Reference: "Bilingual Street Sign Ceremony," 1984: 1; Soo Hoo 1992.
Confucius Church and Community Center, Imperial County.
Confucius Church and Community Center in the City of El Centro dates to around 1940. It is the last evidence of a Chinese community that began prior to 1907, in the city. The Chinese of that earlier time were storekeepers and tradesmen. Reference: Wey 1988: 151.
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American-Chinese American Legion Post No. 628, Los Angeles County.
American-Chinese American Legion Post No. 628 began on September 18, 1945. Its first home was at 1016 South San Pedro Street, City of Los Angeles. By the Fall of 1967, it relocated to 730 North Broadway. Its purpose was to promote camaraderie among Chinese American veterans and provide educational and recreational programs for the Chinese community. The post worked towards immigration reform, awarded scholarships and continued the child welfare program along with several other projects. Through the years, its membership decreased with the post closing in 1998. Reference: Fong 1998: 28-34.