By Jian Di Liang Being in the United States for two and a half years, my happiest time was the period studying at the English Center – a non-profit organization that helps new immigrants, refugees, and international students improve English skills and find jobs. To me, the Center was like a small society. I met […]
By Jian Di Liang The Lunar New Year is coming, and so is The Year of the Snake. The New Year is one of the most important festivals in Chinese culture. The Street Festival held on the 2nd and 3rd of February in Oakland’s Chinatown attracted many people to consume and prepare for their celebration. […]
By Jian Di Liang My friend Alice came to the US in May last year. And we met each other at the English Center – a non-profit organization that helps immigrants, refugees and international students improve English skills and find jobs. We graduated and went our separate ways, only to be reunited earlier this year […]
By Jian Di Liang “Our store is family-oriented, and we are dedicated to help customers and serve the best food,” says Kirk Watkins, owner of The Food Mill in Upper Dimond. “We have been here for 80 years and I would like the store to stay old fashioned while everyone else is moving on. ” […]
By Jian Di Liang Greens relaxes us in busy life. It is nice to live in a neighborhood that can see greens everywhere , such as on the sidewalk and at people’s yards. Along the neighborhood, diverse restaurants satisfies us of having different kinds of food. It is really convenient to get daily […]
I have begun to understand why a lot of American-born Chinese people do not feel connected to their Chinese ethnicity. If their families are like mine – working a lot, with no time to practice their Chinese traditions at home – then the culture might not get passed on to the next generations. Besides, traditional festivals mean nothing to us if our parents are not able to celebrate them with us.
“After seeing all the discrimination and segregation, I became determined to serve the Asian community. I do not want to be famous, but help people with the least talk.”
Story and photos by Jian Di Liang In Oakland, Chinatown is considered an Asian center. The markets, restaurants, and social services draw people who are originally from China, Vietnam, Cambodia and other Asian countries. The buildings at Chinatown are no longer just Chinese style, but mixed Western style as well. For many new Chinese immigrants living in […]
By Jian Di Liang Moving to a new place in order to have a better life – that was what my family expected before we left China and came to the US. On September 25, 2010 – the day which we separated from my grandmas, sisters, aunts, other relatives, friends and neighbors – my mom […]
By Jian Di Liang – In general, my neighborhood is really quiet. The streets are narrow and clean. The restaurants, school, stores and so on are mainly located on MacArthur Street. Not a lot of people are on the street. Some people just drive by or walk with their dogs. Compared to Laurel Street, few trees are planted on Georgia Street.