Sunday, November 27, 2005

Chinatown of Yesteryear

Chinatown today is very different from yesteryears. For those who lived in Chinatown in the 1950s to the 1970s, most, if not all of them are no longer living in Chinatown. At least not in the old pre-war houses.

Chinatown can roughly be considered to have three main parts, the Cantonese part, near to the People's Park Complex (between New Bridge Rd and South Bridge Rd, right to the former Upper Chin Chew St) , the Hokkien part (the area around Telok Ayer St and Amoy St stretching to Boat Quay, the Teochew part (Merchant Road and Clarke Quay).

Many looked back with nostalgia. Here is an interesting Blog that shares with us on this yesteryears in the Cantonese part of Chinatown.

My Memories of Chinatown



[Ack:Lam Chun See http://goodmorningyesterday.blogspot.com]

7 comments:

zahara said...

Don't URA DGPs designate 4 areas as belonging to Chinatown? IIRC, there's Bukit Pasoh, Kreta Ayer... two others which include Ann Siang Hill and Duxton...

chinatownboy said...

Oophs, apologies for the misleading statement. I am referring to the old days when each dialect group was somehow living in the different areas within the greater Chinatown.

Monkey said...

hey victor :D
thanks for this post
discovered many "heritage blogs" through it and I'm having quite a fun time reading them :)

So which part of Chinatown do you stay in? Cantonese Hokkien or Teochew? :D

chinatownboy said...

I am staying just outside the Cantonese part, in a resettled flat consisting of Teochews from Teochew St vicinity and Cantonese from Tau Fu Kai (Upper Chin Chew St) vicinity. And I am Hokkien. (^^)

Monkey said...

lol thats singapore for you :D
and i thought i remembered u're hokkien ;)

Monkey said...

oh btw, have you seen this?
http://www.yawningbread.org/photo_essay/pew-01/pew-0100.htm

chinatownboy said...

Thanks for the lead! Great site.