Posted September 16, 2018 09:54:50 Brooklyn’s Brooklyn Tenement, where the Chinese Tenements are housed, has been described as a kind of Chinese version of the World Trade Center in New York.
In its early days, Brooklyn’s Tenement housed the poorest of the poor, and its residents were forced to live on the streets of Brooklyn for much of their lives.
After the 1906 earthquake, the Chinese immigrant population began to disappear, as well as many of the wealthy Chinese who had lived in the city for generations.
The Tenement’s building was converted into a museum to commemorate its former inhabitants.
Tenement residents are still able to visit the museum, which was renovated in the 1990s, with a new, state-of-the-art facility that houses some of the city’s most important Chinese artefacts.
Chinese Tenement museum curator Ma Huo told The Guardian that he believes the Tenement has a place in the history of the borough.
“There’s a very powerful image of Brooklyn,” he said.
There’s an idea that if you’ve lived in Brooklyn, you’re connected to history.
But if you were born and raised in Brooklyn and you go and visit the Tenements, that can change your perception of what Brooklyn is about.
I think that the Tenment was a kind.
I think it was the Chinese way of building communities.
Tenement Museum curator Ma said that while he was initially inspired to build the museum after hearing of the Tenants plight, it also became an inspiration for the Brooklyn Museum, which has opened an exhibition titled The Chinese Tenants to mark its 10-year anniversary.
“We want to preserve the Chinese community here,” he told The News24.
Ma told the newspaper that he hopes to use the museum as a place to “tell the story of Brooklyn”.
He added: “I think it’s a chance to see how China has changed the way that Brooklyn looks and feels.”
Brooklyn Tenement opened in September 2015.