The Blue Marbles Project: Juan Carlos Guerrero (2023)
The Blue Marbles Project: Juan Carlos Guerrero (2023)
The Blue Marbles Project: Juan Carlos Guerrero (2023)
Blue Marble gratitude for Juan Carlos Guerrero of ABC7 News. Juan Carlos came to interview with Flo Oy Wong and Nellie Wong about growing up in Oakland Chinatown at the de Young Museum on National Angel Island Day, and graciously shared his raw video files, with his permission to use in an upcoming project. 

Pondering an idea for an interesting Lunar New Year video feature, he called one of his former interview subjects, Roy Chan, who told him about the ongoing Oakland Chinatown Oral History Project, an endeavor that began in 2006 to document the personal history of Chinatown residents and important locations like the Asian Branch Library and Madison Square Park, and the history of the Chinese restaurant located at 723 Webster Street. Once upon a time in the 1950’s, 723 Webster was home to the Ai Joong Wah, Great China Restaurant, where sister poets Flo Oy Wong & Nellie Wong grew up serving pans of baked spaghetti, breaded veal cutlets, fried oysters and prime rib, and generous slices of delicious Ping Gwah (apple) pie to their hungry customers. Today, Jack Chen’s Imperial Soup specializes in herbal soups that are steamed for four hours or more to extract the nutrients into the broth.

Juan Carlos really liked the idea of calling attention to Oakland Chinatown, a special community that rarely gets the spotlight in Bay Area news features. 

We are so grateful for Juan Carlos’ Lunar New Year love letter to Oakland Chinatown. 
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