Historic Chinatown LA: Kong Chow Benevolent Association of Southern California
|The oldest family association in Los Angeles Chinatown. Kong Chow Benevolent Association, Chinatown LA|
Kong Chow association was born in San Francisco around 1849. In 1891 in LA a ten year lease was gained on a little plot of area off Ferguson Alley in Los Angeles. With help from KC members from San Francisco a rather unassuming two story block building was the start of the Kong Chow Association of Los Angeles the second floor devoted to a temple.
On the second floor of the Kong Chow Benevolent Association was the Kong Chow Temple, with its eight-foot overlaid Kwan Gung encompassed by relics and gods. Men (and a few ladies) supplicated there for alleviation from their brutal work conditions and safe come back to the tribal country in Quantung, China. As Professor Kwan Ming Chan clarifies in her meetings, an early type of social hybridity started to develop inside of the dividers of the sanctuary, praising the achievements and goals of Chinese migrants who were flourished in America. The Kong Chow Association and Temple stayed in Old Chinatown until 1947, when the City wrapped up the destruction of Old Chinatown, moving even the otherworldly focuses to New Chinatown as a last stride in the development of Union Station started in the 1930’s. Today, the affiliation and its Temple are situated off Broadway Blvd. in New Chinatown. Call the relationship for a direct visit to this astonishing gem of Los Angeles’ history.