I’ve spent many New Years Eves or days ‘around New Years’ in New York, and China Town has often been part of my visit. For those who have lived in New York, London, Boston, Sydney, Los Angeles, and other major cities, there’s a distinct feeling you get from walking through ‘a China Town.’
I love the specialty stores and the markets where I can buy fresh produce. There’s something so raw and fabulous about buying vegetables and fruit this way…..
I recently discovered San Jose’s China Town – I think. Maybe there’s more than my discovery, however, on the corner of Lundy and Hostetter, there’s a mini-mall complex (two really) that feels like a China Town – suburbia style. It’s authentic alright, but it’s part of this larger fabricated city called San Jose, which is part of an even larger fabricated community called Silicon Valley.
It’s funny, but that’s how I experience most of San Jose. I hope my friends in the area are not reading this because they’ll never let me forget my impression, but that’s just what it is – an impression. And I’ve had it more than once. I often feel like I’m living in Orlando – lots of generic American mini-malls, corner petrol stations, McDonalds, Jamba Juice, Fryes and superstores.
I’ll probably be labeled as one of those San Francisco snobs and I’m not even living there yet. It is just an impression after all, but a lingering one.
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