San Diego’s Chinatown home to bustling Asian community

In my last article, “Exploring San Diego’s forgotten Chinatown,” I was on vacation in the lovely city of San Diego, Calif. To my disappointment I could not find a Chinatown in the beautiful city. A trip to the enriching San Diego Chinese Historical Museum furthered my disappointment. In the article, I reported that San Diego’s Chinatown was extinct, based on various sources: the cab driver on the way to the hotel, the hotel concierge and the museum’s curator. My article merely sought answers as to what happened to this once booming Chinatown in downtown San Diego.

Cliff Wong visited the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum in May. (Image courtesy of Cliff Wong.)

Cliff Wong visited the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum in May. (Image courtesy of Cliff Wong.)

It was recently called to my attention that San Diego does have a Chinatown. A San Diego tourist visiting Boston saw my article and kindly reached out. The tourist informed us that a Chinese community flourishes in the city. Instead of 3rd Avenue of the Gaslamp Quarter, it’s now located at Convoy Street in the Kearny Mesa section. The area is thriving with shops, restaurants and Asian citizens. I stand corrected! I only wish that I had bumped into this person last May, when I was dying for steamed fish and congee.

For all of you who plan a trip to San Diego, you will love its many attractions and sites. If you suddenly have a craving for dim sum, feel free to visit Convoy Street in the Kearny Mesa section of the city. Who knows, you might even find me seated at a nearby table.

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