A Rickshaw in Chinatown

Rickshah Chinatown 1982A Rickshaw in Chinatown – Chung King Way, Los Angeles, CA, USA

copyright 2011 O. Bisogno Scotti  All Rights Reserved.

The Real Chinatown (When Chinatown was Chinese)

I arrived in Los Angeles in 1977 and was immediately taken with Chinatown, just north of Downtown. I was even checking out apartments there, none of which  had heat, air conditioning, laundry room, or parking. They did however have tons of charm. Most of the old Chinese style buildings and shops were still intact, and get this, there were Chinese people living there! Today, most of the old buildings are gone and many Chinese have fled to the suburbs of Monterey Park, Cerritos, Alhambra, and Rowland Heights. Pho noodle shops give away the fact that there are now many Vietnamese and Cambodians living in the area. In spite of all the changes, I still love the place and you can still get a good Chinese meal if you know where to go…and some pho too!

The photo of the rickshaw above was taken in 1982. I don’t know how long it was parked there, but it was there when I first came to town in 1977. A year later, it was secured to the building with a heavy link chain, and about a year after that it disappeared, never to be seen again. The rickshaw was located on Chung King Way which back then were apartments, and Chinese shops, with a few sweat shops on the north end. Today, it is a gallery row.

Minolta SR-T 101 SLR, 50 mm Minolta lens, Kodak Plus X 125 Professional 35 mm b&w film, scanned onPolaroid Sprintscan 4000 film scanner. Exposure not recorded.


10 thoughts on “A Rickshaw in Chinatown

  1. Bisogno Scotti captures the essence of his subjects. With a keen eye and a sensitivity for texture, composition he is a professional artist.
    Always enjoy the work.

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  2. I was always wondering what is the “ingredient” that makes a photograph exhale life to a viewer?

    I looked this picture for quite a while and suddenly I understood.

    It’s the photographer’s unique power that can manage the impossible… make a simple object like a rickshaw gain life, and whisper to us its whole story from this small corner in Chinatown…

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  3. This was frequently used from the look of it. Old and has many stories if we take the time to look closely at its torn cushion, canvas cover, chipped paint, flat tire.
    Possibly retired by the time you captured its story for posterity.

    I have to ask what is pho? 😦

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    • This rickshaw was actually used on the streets of Chinatown a long time ago. I learned this just last year when I spoke with the curator of the Chinese Museum. He did not know whether it came from China or was made here, but he told me it is safe and sound in a warehouse somewhere in Chinatown. i am so glad I was able to capture it before it vanished.

      Pho is a Vietnamese noodle dish. Very good!

      Cityscape by O. Bisogno Scotti

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