Wednesday, February 7, 2018

A note from China Alley: Preservation Noodles

ABOVE: An image of  "Preservation Noodles" from The Sentinel's "Hanford Gourmet", Arianne Wing, in Hanford, California.  She sends a message to Historic Wintersburg that, "In Chinese culture the unbroken noodles represent longevity. I also wanted to acknowledge the passion we feel as preservationists and to feed our fire. But I also wanted a cooling note signifying unity and positive engagement." (Photo, The Sentinel, Hanford Gourmet, February 7, 2018) 

   From California's historic China Alley, a message for Historic Wintersburg in Huntington Beach, from the Hanford Gourmet, Arianne WingWing is the co-author of “Noodles Through Escargots,” and co-owner of the L.T. Sue Tea Room and Emporium, benefiting the restoration and preservation of China Alley.  

LEFT: Arianne Wing, owner of the L.T. Sue Tea Room and Emporium in China Alley, in Hanford, California. China Alley was named one of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places in 2011. (Photo, The Sentinel, Hanford Gourmet, February 7, 2018)

   "For a few of my family members, and for Steve and me, our labors of love place us in a community, in a village of individuals and groups dedicated to preserving and protecting historical sites of incalculable worth and grave vulnerability. Read the Historic Wintersburg blog ( to learn how our voices can save this historic place that tells a story of California Japanese American history. This place matters. Thinking of it turned into rows of storage units brings tears to my eyes again. I’ll do what I can, as will others, many of whom have multiple preservation priorities. The question of whether it will be enough rings in my ears."

Read Arianne Wing's column, Preservation Noodles, at: 

Read about China Alley on the National Trust for Historic Preservation website at:

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