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'New' Chinatown to Celebrate 71st Year Saturday

By Ed Fuentes
Published: Tuesday, June 23, 2009, at 05:43PM
Neon Nights Ed Fuentes

Historically-attired dancers celebrate New Chinatown's 70th Anniversary on June 28, 2008.

While it may not be a nice round number, a 71st anniversary is still an anniversary and Chinatown intends to celebrate it. On Saturday, the neighborhood will hold a community festival commemorating the establishment of "New Chinatown," built when the original enclave was displaced by the construction of Union Station.

It's a chance to see Central Plaza flash back to the post-World War II era, with dancers making their moves in the glow of neon lights while a big band plays. This year, the full program also includes a tribute to Chinese-American World War II veterans.

The evening's schedule also includes a nod to the film "Flower Drum Song," itself celebrating a 50th Anniversary. The film is considered a benchmark in casting Asian and Asian-American actors. Actress Nancy Kwan, and other members of the cast, are scheduled to appear.

71st Anniversary of New Chinatown / Free and open to the public / Saturday, June 27th, 2009 / 7 - 11pm / Central Plaza in Chinatown (943-951 N. Broadway)

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