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11/23

Reviving Providence Chinatown

Downtown Providence once stood as the heart of Chinatown. In efforts to uncover and illuminate the history now buried beneath the ground, we are bringing the past to light. 

Editorial/
Installation

12/23

What is a Black Hole?

A New York Times Article transformed into an engaging and readily comprehensible reading experience.

Editorial 
Web


09/23

Nostalgic Whispers 

The catalyst for my exploration into collecting was a childhood memory: a toy knife slicing a tomato in half. 

Editorial


11/23

The Great Misadventures Club

“The Great Misadventures Club” follows the adventures of three wildlife animals —the Pallas's Cat, the Adélie Penguin, and the Polar Bear Cub. 

Motion

11/23

Calm Your Mind

The mini video seeks to illuminate the impact of human-generated noise on marine life.

Motion


10/23

Peanut Butter & Tears

Designed for “Peanut Butter & Tears”, by DPR IAN, featuring both a static and an animated poster.

Motion

05/23

de bloementuin expo

Identity design for the upcoming grand opening of the Taipei Flower Expo

Identity

04/23

What We See When We Read

A deep dive into the intricacies of typography, exemplified by a book design based on Peter Mendelsund's book.

Editorial

02/23

Letters Left Undelivered

A collection of postcards that embody sentimental value, capturing the essence of cherished memories, and serving as meaningful souvenirs to be passed on  

Souvenir

05/23

The Vicuñas Exhibition

A grand Vicuña Exhibition, delving into everything one needs to know about these endearing animals.

Exhibit

04/23

The Chemical Exhibition

A two-story exhibition on Xenon and Antimony, dedicated to exploring the fascinating and lesser-known aspects of the two elements.

Exhibit

03/23

The Bawa Exhibition

An outdoor exhibition that draws inspiration from and pays tribute to the architectural marvels created by Geoffrey Bawa.

Exhibit

03/23

CCA Book Covers Series

Developing a unified identity for a series of book covers for the Canadian Center for Architecture, integrating typography and color to create a cohesive visual experience.

Editorial

04/23

Type Specimen

A magazine that introduces and showcases the design and usage of three unique typefaces.

Editorial

04/23

Diary of New York

In dedication to reaccounting my first new york city trip, where in this visually engaging zine the color schemes reflect my impression of each neighborhood.

Editorial






Reviving Providence Chinatown 


editorial design (Phase 1)
✷ immersive experience (Phase 2)
Reviving Providence Chinatown is a collobrative project that started when my peers and I discovered there used to be a Chinatown, located on an L-shaped block of Burrill and Broad St. (Downtown Providence) in the 1890s. These immigrants from Toisan, Guangdong had come a long way. They formed a tight community on Burrill St., establishing laundry and restaurant businesses all along the block. In the 1900s, the Chinese population continued to expand, moving onto Empire St. As they were sandwiched between the bustling Weybosset St. and Westminster St., with streetcars running people to and from the heart of downtown, more chinese restaurants appeared in the area. 


Phase 1: Mapping Chinatown 

* Mapping, in this context, entails the endeavor to transform extensive information into a new graphical language for visualization.

Our investigation quickly unveiled that the Chinese restaurants were a central gathering place for the Downtown Chinese Community. These venues played a vital role in cultivating community engagement, hosting a range of activities, including discussions on current affairs.

At the core of communal interaction, these dining spots sculpted a blended culture that echoed the essence of their Chinese heritage while introducing an innovative culinary experience to non-Asian customers. Adapting continuously, they catered to evolving public preferences, offering dance floor entertainment and live music. Embracing diverse festivities, they tailored their offerings to suit different groups, extending Christmas greetings to Christians, displaying college flags for football enthusiasts, and sharing Happy Holidays wishes with Jewish patrons.

Among the most renowned restaurants during that period were Port Authur, Mee Hong, Ming Garden, and Luke's Chinese American Restaurant Port Authur [1921 – 1965] (left), Mee Hong [1938 – 1979] (right)

Ming Garden [1942 – 1987] (left), LUKE’S Chinese American Restaurant [1951 – 1990] (right)


However, by the 1980s, tastes had change. No longwas was the fusion Cantonese-American popular with non-Asians. Additionally, combined with the rising rent prices downtown, the Chinese restaurants that were once the beating heart of Providence downtown culture were shut down for good. Many of these former locations have been converted into parking lots or have yet to be rented out. Many of these preeminent restaurant families moved away, either to surburban Rhode Island or further to Boston and New York City.



✧ menu spreads details ✧
Every menu is designed in a style inspired by the advertisements of the restaurants in the historic Providence Journal. The purpose was to evoke a sense of nostalgia for the few customers who remember these eateries while introducing the larger audience to the essence of these once-central gathering places they can no longer experience firsthand. The menus are thus crafted from the personal anecdotes and memories of customers.


 

Phase 2: Providence Garden 



Together, my peers and I wanted to take a step further and transport the audience back in time. We established Providence Garden, an immersive space allowing the audience to reencounter the essence of the Chinese restaurants that were integral to downtown Providence. 


Providence Garden Menu