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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 9, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta HIE kcinemuuc Once it thrived The jr-f hasn't been danced in the sheets ot Lethbndfct s small Chinese district the Allies won the Second World War Gone are the vegetable gardens south of what is left of Chinatown Gone are the Chinese green grocers whose wooden produce wagons rolled down city streets Gone too are the 14 gambling houses which flourished in the heyday late Thirties and early Forties Gone are the men selling pool tickets on every street corner to support Chinese chanties And gone is the Chinese school in the Chinese National which once taught Chinese children their beautiful calligraphy in the after- noons after Canadian schools closed for the day Most of the colorful Cantonese cafes and restaurants are though a few still thrive Many Chinese laundries were wiped out ir the Forties when machines replaced people Tnree Chinese-owned dry cleaning operations are all that remain today of a flourishing community business Today's Chinatown is a mute testament to a thriving past A city block of old brick buildings on the south side ot 2nd Street S and the national league building on the north side are all that remain Gone is the activity generated by 40C in Chinatown's heyday But the people have not gone About 35 elderly mostly still live in the Chinese dis- trict They live apart from contemporary Canadian prim language But the 35 this life They spend t pany of slow1 ing and reading Chir from Tor Seven men now li supported b of 70 The Chinese comr numbers about w dian style outside th Chinatown is dying passing Like its oldtu its declining years qi reflection of what on Gimsuck Wong remembers uaarc in I forced to leav in Chin By RLSSE Herald In the last 65 yea just about every tonese food The sprig lived restaurants like Green Lantern and W A Chinatown resi has seen the once-co Chinese community f Now he cooks jus Wong came to Alberl farms during the h seasons At the he v washing dishes for Victoria But a mo improvement over his which paid monthl In Mr Wong of Albert a month And whil cooked in Cantonese once-colorful fabric o mumty When he arrived 6 200 Chinese people livi ed in restai lived most'y on 2nd Si Avenues on the souths at the turn of the centu the dirt His first vacation returned to his horr married Peering intently th and drawing or Wong tells how he family from across th dian wages back homi The 1923 Chinese prohibited the immigr people forced him tc without his bnde Speaking in Chinese that belies his many ye with grandsons living in His wife is no h managed to see her marriage trip to China still living in the Chim his remaining years p fpllnw ;