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Revisiting East Adams

Produced by Jenny Cho and William Gow


Revisiting East Adams captures the history of a Chinese American community in downtown Los Angeles from the 1930s to 1950s. During this period, the intersection of East Adams and San Pedro Street was home to a vibrant Chinese American community that preserved Chinese culture through social and religious organizations such Chinese Presbyterian Church, Chinese schools and various youth groups. East Adams was also a self sustaining community whose residents earned a living by working at local businesses such as the City Market on 9th Street, the CFO gas station, and the Kwong Hing Lung grocery store. The stories of these former Chinese residents expand our understanding of the history of Los Angeles.