We had informal Saturday brunch with families of kids in our second-grader’s class in Old Chinatown at The Emerald, once a dim-sum joint, now a hipster supper club. The old-Chinatowners are aging out and some of the people moving in look Chinese because hey, this is Vancouver, but they’re younger and single-er and probably don’t speak much 廣州話. Whatever it’s becoming will probably be interesting, but not the same.
Old Chinatown is still full of life and bustle and color, but to me there’s something of a museum-piece feeling. I wonder how long there’ll still be this kind of shop? Lots of fish!
It’s not just Vancouver; hipsters are invading Chinatowns up and down the West Coast. And last time I was in Shanghai, I was shocked at how plastic-wrapped and cosmopolitan much of the shopping had become.
Anyhow, this lady seems happy with her choice. And my hope is that my grandkids will still be able to go shopping where you can pick through the fish to find the one you want to take home.
You might want to enlarge the picture because that is one great-looking fish.