13 Ways You Know You Grew Up In Oakland Chinatown…

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You stood in line for over an hour just for a hot bowl of this. Pork kidneys don’t gross you out, and your mouth waters whenever anyone says, “Yuen Herng.”

2.

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You know this character. In fact, you know him and Pekkle and Keroppi, thanks to KV Mart on 10th Street. Since you didn’t have Facebook back then, you carried around a Sanrio photo wallet stuffed with wallet-sized pictures of all your friends.

3.

You recognize this restaurant and ate here so many times that you know — by heart — that same tune that they always played. You ordered #1, #2 or #17 with the meat on the side. Rumor has it, it’s still good here.

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You let your mom take you into a salon with this family plastered on the storefront window. She paid either $8 for a haircut or $30 for a perm. And sometimes she left you there alone while she went grocery shopping.

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You stayed out with your friends sitting on the turquoise chairs and sipping HK Milk Tea, shooting the breeze until 3 am at ABC Cafe on Webster.

6.

You had a pet crayfish that you got at the Oakland Chinatown Streetfest. And you never ever thought of steaming him Boiling-Crab-style…or maybe the thought did cross your mind.

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You feel oddly nostalgic when you look at this menu. You miss those late night jook and wonton mein runs. Sun Hong Kong on 8th Street.

8.

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The first time you had stir-fried rice cakes was at Shan Dong. You were wary, until your first bite. Then you were in love.

9.

You spent Sunday mornings here running around with other kids while your family waited for their table number to be called. Number Two, Yi Ho! the loudspeaker would blare.

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If you craved boba, this was where you would find yourself. Sweetheart Cafe, baby. Pre-Quickly and Purple Kow and whatever the kids drink these days.

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You once pretended you were a one-eyed pirate on this ship when it was a real ship.  Not quite sure what it is now.

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Way before Peony came along, you got dressed up and attended weddings and red egg parties at the Silver Dragon (1974 – 2012).

13.

And amongst all those beautiful memories, Oakland Chinatown never looked like this:

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10th Street.

Or this:

Or this:

Or this:

Or this:

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Or this:

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Or this:

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Or this:

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Or this:

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Businesses are shutting down, and while politicians offer no solution, they’ll gladly put their signs up in our empty storefronts.

Although many of us have left and maybe on occasion visit, there are still families with small children and senior citizens who have to live in this mess.
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