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Bring Chinatown Home

Tuesday, 1 September 2020

We feel a very strong sense of duty to record and share the untold human stories of Chinatown. This is only getting stronger.

During lockdown, a PR campaign, #BringingChinatownHome, was launched by Chinatown London (a website and social media accounts funded and run by the area’s majority landlord) with a strong focus on the rich food cultures in Chinatown.

The next campaign from the London…

Did London Eat Out and Help Out enough to turn the tables for Chinatown?

Wednesday, 26 August 2020

In April, we asked whether Chinatown would survive COVID-19. The prospects looked bleak. Almost five months on and there are some tiny signs that both people and their spending power have returned.

If you visit Chinatown on a sunny day, you will enjoy a stroll along lively narrow streets lined with al fresco diners sitting beneath a sea of red lanterns – sounds lovely, right? And it is. It feels…

Will Chinatown survive COVID-19?

Tuesday, 14 April 2020

We both started working from home the day the UK Government made its first announcements about social distancing. The memory of leaving a deserted Chinatown has been haunting us for weeks.

For most of the family-run small businesses and independent restaurants operating in this costly London district, the margins are already tight. We don’t know how many of the current businesses will be able to…

We're almost 20% funded!

Tuesday, 8 October 2019

Fortune has shone on Chinatown Stories this month - we’ve welcomed new supporters to the special group of people making this project happen. Thank you to all of you. 

We’ve also uncovered two new stories to explore - last week we interviewed a woman whose parents opened some of the first Chinese businesses in Soho including the shop and restaurant where she worked in the 1960s. She came armed with…

The ten percent club

Friday, 21 June 2019

Wow! Thank you for believing in our book and getting us to 10%. It marks our first formal milestone in making our project possible. 

Chinatown is never far from our minds. This year we’ve been busy working on an exhibition, The Making of Chinatown, which was open at China Exchange in London during the summer. The exhibition provided some fantastic content for the book - it has also meant that we…

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