Taylor Z.



Many people have heard of Chop Suey, but few know about the many lavish Chinese restaurants that proliferated across U.S. cities during the Exclusion era. Exemptions for the wealthy, and investments that poured into Asian enclaves gave rise to the spectacular, and widely popular eateries, and allowed ancillary startups, including women-owned businesses, to gain footholds.

Early Chinese residents in New York City also fundraised to support Jewish victims of pogroms (pre-WWI) in Europe, and created spaces where other marginalized people gathered, like the Chinese Theater. I lead a Jane’s Walk (in memory of Jane Jacobs) to help celebrate AAPI Heritage (H/T Jeanie Jew and Ruby Moy):