Documenting Persistence In Oakland's Chinatown: A simple collection of photos documenting public spaces in Oakland's historic Chinatown through the weekend of July 4th, 2020

Colin K. Chin and Gyopo Lim grew up in the East Bay Area. Since childhood, they have recognized Oakland Chinatown’s significance not only to their families, but to the entire Asian American community. They view the Bay Area as a place where important movements have taken place and continue to do so and where Asian Americans have been able to hone their distinct voices. Documenting public spaces in Oakland’s historic Chinatown through the weekend of July 4, 2020, the series of photos taken by the two photographers seeks to preserve memories for future generations of a time when the forces of gentrification, xenophobia/racism, and Covid-19 impacted the neighborhood. The documentation coincided with the uprising for Black Lives Matter spurred by the murder of George Floyd and includes artistic displays of solidarity made by the youth of Oakland’s Chinatown, as well as increased security measures taken by business owners.