As far back as the 1800’s discrimination forced Chinese immigrants to live near each other, thus the establishments of CHINATOWNS, in many major cities of the United States including Baltimore, Md. Restaurants and laundries were their services, that had little or no competition from other ethnic groups.
After World War Two, the immigrant Chinese, were coming to the States for an education, not to obtain a degree to clean clothes, sell fruit or open a Chinese restaurant on Park Heights Avenue.
Purchasing gas station franchises, Seven Elevens and liquor stores, were not only more profitable, but the children of such immigrants wanted integration. To pursue other interests, namely, law, medicine, acting, art, became their new horizons.
To express the CROSSOVER Tracey Jen has put on display the works of four Chinese artists: Beth Lo, Adam Chau, Hung-Chang Huang and Sicheng Wang. I paid a visit to the gallery at 440 East Oliver Street, Baltimore Md.