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An L.A. Latino kid's memories of Chinatown

Photo by Leslie Berestein Rojas/KPCC

A post earlier this week featured a photo of a restaurant wall in downtown Los Angeles' historic Chinatown, painted with an only-in-L.A. kind of message stating its claim to fame. And it prompted this reminiscence from reader and former Angeleno Miguel Corona:
Chinatown is a place of special memories from my childhood. During my two years of junior high school, I would take two buses to travel from Atwater to Chinatown (Hill St). My school, Queen of Angels, is no longer there, but I still have vivid memories of traveling from a predominantly Latino neighborhood to a school surrounded by a much different culture. Urban cultural blending at its best. Hollywood movie trucks were always around and sometimes our school was used for some random movie scene. Good times.