The first chapter in the history of L.A.'s Chinatown - and the first chapter of our new installment of Departures - takes us back to the first wave of immigration from China to the Pacific coast of the United States.
For decades, two late, great, robust institutions were errantly maligned. Both were considered extinct. Both were large and said to have lumbered. Both were thought to have failed to coexist with rivals and then given way to smarter replacements that would become ubiquitous.
"I had a big goodbye party for all my friends and family and the next day got on a plane bound for Los Angeles - the city of my childhood dreams of sunshine and skateboard parks and where I believed the next big center of art would be."
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