A trip to Chinatown.

Jilian Chow, Photojournalist

In Flushing, New York Chinatown: Chinese and Korean culture is prominent. Street food and food are important in Chinese eating culture. Like many immigrants, the Chinese and Korean community brings food from their country. At the New World Mall in Chinatown, a variety of markets and cultures thrive. On the bottom floor, the mall has a food court filled with a variety of Chinese cuisine. Cooking traditional foods preserves their culture when they move to new places. “A Perspective Of Chinese Culture” features insight on Chinese customs, foods, and cultural impacts. 

When walking down streets in Chinatown, many shops and mini-shops are easily accessible. One of the most popular small businesses is bakeries. “Small yet meaningful” shows a photo of a local Chinese bakery in Flushing. Chinese bakeries are no ordinary bakeshops. Most of them do not use ovens. Chinese bakers use a variety of styles/methods (steam, fried, etc) to make some of the most popular treats. These high-quality pastries are cheap and originate from the beginning of Chinese history. A majority of the confectionery stores are maintained for several years by one family. Unique skills and knowledge are passed down for multiple generations to keep the store alive. While producing cheap quality pastries, bakeries in Chinatown conserve their culture. 

“Red bags” captures a woman crossing a sidewalk on Main St. with a mask. Today, the corona virus has taken a toll globally, especially in the Asian community. Many have taken precautions, and streets have been grim. The virus has led to an increase in racism and xenophobia globally, including in America. Chinese businesses have gotten negatively impacted by this epidemic. The markets that have kept their culture alive are starting to close down, and Asian people and culture are now feared.