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Oakland’s Chinatown Gets a Graffiti Makeover with 99 Dragons – NBC News

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The goal is to paint 99 big, beautiful, golden dragons across the buildings of Oakland’s Chinatown.

Part beautification project, part community organizing, part youth service project,Dragon School brings together young people, business owners, and community members to reclaim Oakland’s Chinatown and to build community pride.
“When the first Chinese immigrants came to America, they were searching for the legendary ‘Gold Mountain’ where the streets are paved with gold,” founder Luqman Lin, a street artist also known as Doctor Dragon, told NBC News. “And now at last, Dragon School fulfills this dream.”

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Oakland’s Chinatown Gets a Graffiti Makeover with 99 Dragons – NBC News

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