The STARBUCKS at Sanfang Qixiang

Look at this building from top to bottom. You can see a gabled roof covered with dark green tiles, strings of Chinese lanterns swinging in the air, a quaint wooden exterior with delicate carvings, and a gigantic signboard saying STARBUCKS COFFEE. Walking on this street, you will see more of…


Look at this building from top to bottom. You can see a gabled roof covered with dark green tiles, strings of Chinese lanterns swinging in the air, a quaint wooden exterior with delicate carvings, and a gigantic signboard saying STARBUCKS COFFEE. Walking on the main street, you can see more…


From my research, I find that the preservation of historical residential neighborhood culture is a common problem. The solutions substantially emphasize the importance of civic engagement. Specifically, I notice how participatory art empowers public participation in community construction in Little Tokyo, Los Angelos.

Founded around the beginning of the 20th…


The McDonald’s at Three Lanes and Seven Alleys

I would like to hypothesize that no one wants to see an urban residential district full of illegal constructions, potential fire hazards, and a low-quality dense population. However, this is what Three Lanes and Seven Alleys (三坊七巷) and other historical districts across China left for local governments. Known as the…


I would like to hypothesize that no one wants to see an urban residential district full of illegal constructions, potential fire hazards, and a low-quality dense population. However, this is what Three Lanes and Seven Alleys (三坊七巷) and other historical districts across China left for local governments. Known as the…


The McDonald’s at Three Lanes and Seven Alleys

The Fuzhou government has continued to invest heavily throughout decades in Sanfang Qixiang, or Three Lanes and Seven Alleys, which is the landmark of Fuzhou, a 0.38-square-kilometer ancient architectural complex covered with thousands of old residences. …


The McDonald’s at Three Lanes and Seven Alleys

The Fuzhou government has continued to invest heavily throughout decades in Sanfang Qixiang, or Three Lanes and Seven Alleys, which is a 0.38-square-kilometer ancient architectural complex covered with thousands of old residences. However, the government’s investment has leaned toward building commercial pedestrian zones and sheer reconstruction or demolishment of these…


The road to the graveyard takes hours, winding and spiraling in the mountains. My father was driving the van, and I was in the front seat holding my grandfather’s photo which was encompassed by crapes. “Tell grandpa that we are heading to the left,” he said. “We are heading to…


The road to the graveyard takes hours, winding and spiraling in the mountains. My father was driving the van, and I was in the front seat holding my grandfather’s photo which was encompassed by crapes. “Tell grandpa that we are heading to the left,” he said. “We are heading to…


Coco

In 2017, Coco unexpectedly became a huge hit in China, grossing over $154 million in the box office during four weekends, even higher than that in its originated country(the U.S.). The film has shown great genuity in its efforts to research and polish Mexican indigenous cultural details in the film…

Ella Zhou

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