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Faces of Chinatown

Faces of Chinatown
Cleveland Chinatown Photography and Oral History Project
Asian Town Center
September 14, 2012

"Today's AsiaTown is a vibrant, growing, diverse neighborhood that reflects its roots in Cleveland Historic Chinatown," says the website of Asian Services in Action, Inc. (“ASIA”).

Michael Byun, Executive Director, Asian Services In Action

Michael Byun, Executive Director, Asian Services In Action


Beginning in the 1930's, Cleveland's Chinatown located on Rockwell Avenue between East 21st and East 24th Street - was the hub of the Chinese community. Cantonese immigrants from the Guangdong province in southern China formed a neighborhood where others often spoke the same language and shared similar cultural foods and traditions.

Lisa Wong

Lisa Wong


Today there are nearly two dozen Chinese dialects spoken in the region. The community is growing and diversifying within the newly defined AsiaTown neighborhood, now bounded roughly by St. Clair Avenue, Payne Avenue, and East 30th and 40th Streets,

George Kwan

George Kwan


Descendants of some of the early families still live in the greater Cleveland area. This exhibit captures portions of their history from old family photos and documents to newspaper images to glimpses into today's family activities.

Wayne Wong

Wayne Wong


How do they live? What was important to them? How does the legacy of these families and their Chinese culture continue today?"

This is the mission of the Faces of ChinaTown Exhibit at Asian Town Center on 38th Street between Payne and Superior. (2nd Floor).

Faces of Chinatown


Interviews and family photographs where supplied by Donald Chan, George Kwan Jr., Tony Louie, Hon Lui, Ying Yu Pan and Lisa Wong. Many of these names you know; some because their families have been in the area for so long and some because this next generation is active in promoting the Chinese culture in Cleveland's new AsiaTown.

About 100 people came for the opening of the Exhibit and enjoyed a Kwan Family dragon dance to start the festivities. Enjoy these images from the opening reception.

Kwan Family Lion Dance at Faces of Chinatown

Kwan Family Lion Dance at Faces of Chinatown


Kwan Family Lion Dance at Faces of Chinatown


Kwan Family Lion Dance at Faces of Chinatown


Faces of Chinatown

Donald Chan (also as a boy in the photo)


Debbie Yue and husband Vincent Cononico

Debbie Yue and husband Vincent Cononico


Bob and Luanne Becker

Bob and Luanne Becker


Radhika Reddy and May Chen

Radhika Reddy and May Chen


Debbie Hanson

Debbie Hanson


Nar Pradhan - Faces of Chinatown

Nar Pradhan and daughter


Padma Pradhan at Faces of Chinatown

Padma Pradhan


Lynn Selzer with Analisa and Elena - Faces of Chinatown

Lynn Selzer with Analisa and Elena


Nar Pradhan, Joseph Michael Gyulay and Elaine Wu - Faces of Chinatown

Nar Pradhan, Joseph Michael Gyulay and Elaine Wu


Faces of Chinatown exhibit - Tong Wars


Vase at Faces of Chinatown


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