"Chinatown Pretty" is a signature style worn by pòh pohs (grandmas) and gùng gungs (grandpas) everywhere—a mix of modern and vintage, high and low, handmade and store bought clothing. It's also a life philosophy, mixing resourcefulness, creativity, and a knack for finding joy even in difficult circumstances.
Andria Lo and Valerie Luu have been interviewing and photographing Chinatown's most fashionable elders on their blog and Instagram, Chinatown Pretty, since 2014. This beautiful photo book collects their best found looks, spanning Chinatowns in San Francisco, Oakland, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York City, and Vancouver. The accompanying interviews share nuggets of philosophical wisdom and personal stories about immigration and Chinese-American culture.
This is a great book for anyone looking for advice on how to live to a ripe old age with grace and good humor—and, of course, on how to stay stylish through it all.
224 pages. Hardcover.
About the Authors
Valerie Luu is a writer and one-half of the Vietnamese pop-up restaurant Rice Paper Scissors. She lives in San Francisco.
Andria Lo is a freelance photographer whose work has been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle, the New York Times, and Wired. She lives in Berkeley.