Seattle: International Chinatown District
When I was in San Francisco I really wanted to go to Chinatown and that did not happen. So before we even got on the airplane I voiced that the one thing I wanted to do was go to Chinatown. We walked from our hotel the Chinatown. It was probably a 20 minute walk from the city center, but I was happy to do it knowing that I was going to the one place I had wanted to go. Did Chinatown live up to my expectations – yes and no. I guess I expected to see more Chinese monuments and buildings and statues etc. I felt like I was stepping into a different part of Seattle. The streets seemed less tidy, the buildings a little grey. There were so many overhead tram cables that it made it really hard to get a clean image without some kind of power line in it. On the flip side there was the beautiful entrance into Chinatown, there was the dragons that are so synonymous with Chinese culture. The people that we passed smiled and hurried on. I found myself wanting more but at the same time enjoying what I was seeing…. Meander with me.
The entrance to Chinatown.
Dragons at the entrance to Chinatown
Earth, the center element, represents unity. Unity of values enables our community to preserve and share our heritage with future generations. The four stages of community endeavor – Vision, Accomplishment, Reflection and Renewal – provide continuing opportunities for indivuduals to sustain this unity.
Pathways to Pride
In the late 1800s, first waves of hopeful sojourners, seeking refuge from poverty and war in Asia, journeyed to this area, seeking opportunities for a fresh beginning.
From distant lands they came, each holding dearly to memories of the life they left behind, each moving quickly to embrace dreams of a better life.
They staked their claim by building a flourishing neighborhood on what was once tideflat land. These streets and buildings now overflow with the riches of diverse people, commerce and culture
From what I have read Bruce Lee was born in San Francisco on November 27, 1940 and was raised in Kwaloon until his teenage years. After getting caught up in street fights his parents moved him back to the USA to live with an older sister. In 1959 he moved to Seattle. In Hong Kong, May 10 1973, Bruce Lee collapsed while shooting the movie Enter the Dragon. On July 20, 1973 Bruce Lee Died. His body was returned home to Seattle where he is buried at the Lake View Cemetery.
I did not get to see his home or visit the cemetery but interestingly enough we met up with a friend at a local pub called The Pine Box. Turns out that the Pine Box used to be a mortuary – Butterworth Mortuary, 300 East Pine St, Seattle WA 98122. It was from here, we were told, that Bruce Lee was moved to his final resting place.
After walking around Chinatown it was time to head back to the hotel. I have to be honest I really enjoyed walking to and around Chinatown but the thought of walking all the way back again had more poor feet complaining. However, you do what you have to do and enjoy it while you can.
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