Most people know that New Orleans is a melting pot of different ethnicities and cultures. For example there is clear evidence of French influence in our food and street names, Spanish influence in our architecture, and African and Carribbean influence in our music. It is surprising that in a city that prides itself on it's cultural heritage, all evidence of an entire neighborhood and the people it served has been lost to history. That is what happened to New Orleans' Chinatown, which at one time rivaled the Chinatowns of San Francisco and New York City! Due to a range of factors including strict immigration policies and excessive demolition, the once bustling Chinatown of New Orleans faded from maps, and from many people's memories. Find out what happened to New Orleans' Chinese population in this interesting and informative article by Chris Dier.
Former On Leong Merchant Association Building, 530 Bourbon St, New Orleans, Louisiana.
This is one of the lasting relics of New Orleans Chinatown.