Kelly Ng of Sunset District legacy business (left) Wah Mei School speaks about the school’s programs at Sunset Mercantile’s Lunar New Year Market on February 6, 2022. Heritage photo.
On Sunday, February 6, SF Heritage participated in the Outer Sunset Farmers Market & Mercantile to celebrate the Lunar New Year together with the Sunset Chinese Cultural District working group. This multi-block outdoor merchant market, hosted by Sunset Mercantile, featured youth-led activities, cultural performances, and local vendors at the 37th Avenue Community Mercantile space between Ortega and Pacheco streets. SF Heritage joined other Sunset community organizations at the Sunset Chinese Cultural District booth to talk about upcoming plans for the cultural district. Our booth featured a fun fan-making activity from Sunset District legacy business Wah Mei School, who is a member of the working group.
The new Sunset Chinese Cultural District working group was initiated by community nonprofits working with District 4 Supervisor Gordon Mar in response to the findings of Sunset Forward, with the goals of fostering cultural and economic vitality in the Sunset’s Chinese American community. This community has had a significant presence in the Sunset for decades; however, this is the first time that the community has come together across businesses, nonprofits, health and social services, faith-based, arts and other groups, to collaborate.
In a short ceremony preceding a lion dance program, Supervisor Mar recognized Sunset Chinese Cultural District working group organizations like SF Heritage for their efforts to date promoting and uplifting the new cultural district.
Sunset Chinese Cultural District working group members receive Certificates of Honor from Supervisor Mar for their efforts promoting the Sunset Chinese Cultural District. From left to right: Howard Chin (People of Parkside Sunset), Kerri Young (SF Heritage), Vivian Liang (North East Medical Services), Anni Chung (Self Help for the Elderly), Lamar Heystek (ASIAN, Inc.), Angie Pettit-Taylor (Sunset Mercantile), and Supervisor Gordon Mar. Heritage photo.
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A section of the Sunset Chinese Cultural District booth featured a children’s fan-making activity from Wah Mei School. Heritage photo.
The Sunset Chinese Cultural District booth was adjacent to the Chinese Historical Society booth, which featured panels from their Chinese in the Sunset exhibition. Heritage photo.
Our table featured a one-page information sheet on the Sunset Chinese Cultural District, in both English and Chinese. Supervisor Mar’s wife, Cecilia Wong, provided the Chinese translation. Heritage photo.