In NYC’s Chinatown, organizers resist gentrification with placekeeping

In NYC’s Chinatown, organizers resist gentrification with placekeeping

Historic neighborhoods, including New York City’s Chinatown, are at risk of gentrification. As large developers take advantage of lower property costs, longterm residents weather the changes. The physical displacement that often results from rising rents is one factor, but the emotional and familial dislocation cannot be understated. “How We Stay” sees a neighborhood coming together in the face of change that is not for their community.

Wing on Wo & Co is a fifth-generation owned fine ceramic shop that has turned its storefront into a site of education, resistance, art and community. Mei Lum, the current owner, shares the goal of her family to have the space honor tradition, lifestyle, culture and “perpetuating a rhythm and ritual that has given us a sense of security in the midst of change.”

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