It may seem odd to go to Tijuana to eat Chinese food, but the truth of the matter is that there are quite a few Chinese food places here, and even more in Mexicali. And when you spend a lot of your time in Mexico, as I did the past seven years, sometimes you do get a hankering for some Kung Pao chicken instead of carnitas.
The Chinese community here usually keeps to itself, but Frontera newspaper reports that a Chinese-Tijuana festival will take place August 9 and 10, appropriately timed with the Olympics starting in China. The festival will take place on the tourist strip of Avenida Revolucion between Third and Fifth Streets. Expect to see plenty of Chinese food, artwork and the traditional Chinese lion dance. Entry costs about $2 per person.
I’ve always been interested about the Chinese community in Baja California and it’s one of the stories that I wished I had written before leaving The San Diego Union-Tribune. Here’s an interesting overview by Randy Sunwin Uang, a University of Texas-Austin graduate student, that I found on the Internet. It explores some the history of the Chinese community in Baja, such as how between 3,000 and 10,000 Chinese came to work in the agricultural fields of Mexicali during the first part of the 1900s.
For more information on the weekend event, go here.