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Why Won’t You Learn Chinese?

by 02/01/2003
Neighborhood: Chinatown

For a few months while I was writing my graduate thesis, I was a classroom instructor at an after-school program at P.S. 2, on the northeastern edge of Chinatown. From my apartment on the lower East side, I would walk south on Essex Street to go to work. It was a walk through New York’s […]

Sunshine Travel’s Challenge (survive!)

by 12/12/2002
Neighborhood: Chinatown

“Seats are left,” the man assures me over the phone, “but please, hurry, hurry.” Sunshine Travel Tours won’t take reservations but he provides me with directions to the agency in Chinatown. A frequent traveler to Boston, I was happy to see the ad in the Village Voice offering one way tickets for $15 compared to […]

Bad Day in Chinatown

by 12/02/2002
Neighborhood: Chinatown

Everyone has bad days. But for some souls fate comes down hard and fast and delivers a load of bad luck so rotten that the events of that person’s life from that point on have to be filed into two categories: before the bad day and after. Around dinnertime on a still, muggy June evening, […]