Fog City Blues
Chinatown, in San Francisco, California, is the oldest Chinatown in North America and the largest Chinese community outside Asia. Since its establishment in 1848, it has been highly important and influential in the history and culture of ethnic Chinese immigrants in North America. Chinatown is an enclave that continues to retain its own customs, languages, places of worship, social clubs, and identity. There are two hospitals, numerous parks and squares, a post office, and other infrastructure. Visitors can easily become immersed in a microcosmic Asian world, filled with herbal shops, temples, pagoda roofs and dragon parades. In addition to being a starting point and home for thousands of Chinese immigrants, it is also a major tourist attraction, drawing more visitors annually than the Golden Gate Bridge.
Chinese culture is a big part of San Francisco culture, and no place shows it like Chinatown. It’s East-meets-West and Old-meets-New rolled into one. Used to be that the Tongs would fight like cats and dogs to control Chinatown, but these days, the locals have taken the neighborhood and made it into something for them.
I’m talking about community, man. And heading up that community is Xiaoli, the local Abbess of the White Lotus Temple. She’s a Buddhist nun, and she watches over the people of Chinatown like a stern but loving grandmother. It’s largely through her influence that none of the other factions of Fog City, mortal or supernatural, have managed to maintain a foothold here since the early 1900’s.
Oh, also, word is that the Red Court isn’t welcome. To the point of, if they come in, they don’t come back out.