99% Invisible - Pagodas and Dragon Gates

The history of San Francisco's China Town

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Brian Douglas
Brian DouglasHunter@bdougieyo · engineer
Working in the FiDi, the story of China Town was one of the first I heard when I moved here, but it was nice to hear more details on it.
Matt Williamson
Matt Williamson@mattcwill · Chief of Staff, Waldschmidt Partners
Intro to show notes: "For Americans, the sight of pagoda roofs and dragon gates means that you are in Chinatown. Whether in San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, or Las Vegas, the chinoiserie look is distinctive. But for those just arriving from China, the Chinatown aesthetic can feel surprisingly foreign."