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[7 Dec 2008 | Comments Off on Audio: Chinatown taps its youth for Cantonese Opera talents | ]

By Guo Shipeng
Cantonese Opera is probably the most common subtype of Chinese opera in the United States.  In the Bay Area, it is popular among first-generation Chinese immigrants, people at least in their 40s, if not older. But in recent years the Red Bean Cantonese Opera House in Oakland’s Chinatown has been trying to introduce the traditional art to the community’s American-born youth. 
Its youth troupe has trained dozens of “little Red Beans” so far, who have performed in its annual full productions in the summer. 
It is no small achievement and …

Business, Eastlake, Oakland »

[6 Dec 2008 | Comments Off on State Fund to Clean Up Gas Stations Low | ]

By Adelaide Chen
The chain link fence around the perimeter of a corner gas station is contributing to the blight in the International and East 12th Street Corridor, neighbors say.
But the owner is having a hard time maintaining and keeping up with equipment upgrades required by state law.

Arts & Culture, Chinatown, Immigration, Multimedia »

[4 Dec 2008 | Comments Off on Audio: Chinatown’s Red Beans back from Canton opera show | ]

By Guo Shipeng
More than 30 members of the Chinatown’s Red Bean Cantonese Opera House came home safely last week after attending the 5th International Cantonese Opera Festival in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, which is formerly known as Canton. 

Eastlake, Education, Immigration, Oakland »

[3 Dec 2008 | One Comment | ]

By Adelaide Chen
Financial setbacks and anticipated cuts in public education have impacted at least one community program in Oakland.  A volunteer-run Vietnamese language school has raised tuition and decreased teacher stipends in order to pay $7000 to $8000 in janitorial fees for the first time.

Chinatown, Civic Life, Immigration, Oakland »

[28 Nov 2008 | Comments Off on Oakland Chinatown’s Salvation Army Feeds 1500 | ]

By Adelaide Chen    
On Thanksgiving Day, mostly elderly Chinese stood in line for a free meal hours before the doors opened at the Salvation Army in Oakland Chinatown.  The atmosphere was lively as a hundred volunteers brought plates of the traditional holiday food to crowds unfamiliar with turkey and mashed potatoes.

Chinatown, Immigration, Multimedia »

[25 Nov 2008 | 2 Comments | ]

By Guo Shipeng 
Chinese elders at Hotel Oakland, a seniors’ home on the edge of the Chinatown, had an early Thanksgiving party on Thursday November 20. Check out what it’s like.

Chinatown, Eastlake, Education, Oakland »

[22 Nov 2008 | Comments Off on Community College Students Outraged Over Financial Aid | ]

By Adelaide Chen  
Thousands of East Bay community college students attending Laney, Berkeley City, Merritt, and College of Alameda still have not received financial checks for the semester.
With a week left before Thanksgiving, over 2700 students still do not know the status of their financial aid offer and thousands more may not be aware that there are problems with their application.

Chinatown, Immigration, Multimedia »

[21 Nov 2008 | Comments Off on Audio: Chinatown elders’ singing event | ]

By Guo Shipeng  — 

Every Tuesday afternoon, a group of about 20 Chinese elders gather for a small singing event in Hotel Oakland, a senior’s home on the outskirts of the city’s Chinatown.
Their average age is over 75 and they practice a wide range of Chinese songs, both old and new.  
CLICK TO LISTEN
[audio:http://rosebud.journalism.berkeley.edu/~j200/510report/chineseseniorssinging.mp3]

Chinatown, Faces & Places, Immigration »

[19 Nov 2008 | One Comment | ]

By Guo Shipeng  
William Wong, author of Yellow Journalist: Dispatches from Asian America and Images of America: Oakland’s Chinatown, was born in the Chinatown in 1941 and spent the first 20 years of his life in the neighborhood. 
Wong now lives in Piedmont, but he makes regular trips back to the Chinatown to meet friends and do shopping. Play the sound slideshow to view the photos and listen to Wong talk about his emotional attachment to the Chinatown.  Click here to visit Wong’s OAKLAND CHINATOWN HISTORY website.

Business, Eastlake, Oakland »

[16 Nov 2008 | Comments Off on Oakland’s Asian Homeowners Beat Foreclosures | ]

By Adelaide Chen
Oakland continues to rank among the top ten metropolitan areas in the U.S. with high rates of foreclosure, but the city’s Asian neighborhoods remain relatively untouched.
Chinatown, Eastlake and lower San Antonio have received few notices of default over the last three years, according to data analyzed by a local economic development nonprofit.
The notices serve as “the first line of evidence that there is a problem, and none of them are reflecting that there is one,” said Anne Griffith of Urban Strategies Council, who has mapped data …