Strolling in Sydney’s Chinatown can be an intriguing experience no matter for tourists or people live in Sydney. Put traditional Chinese architectures which may stimulate foreigners’ curiosity aside, Chinese cuisine and specialty gift stores should be the common interests that bring people to this rewarding place.
A glance at Chinatown
Historically, the large-scale migration leads to the increasingly development of Chinatowns in Australia. Nowadays, ‘the rapid pace of globalization in the past few decades has brought significant changes over Chinatown, and it has become a ‘gateway’ for intensified transnational flows of people, investments, goods and services between Australia and Asia’ (Ang, 2012). Sydney’s Chinatown was initially located in the Rocks in the late 19th century. It did not establish its current location until the 1920s, namely Dixon Street, close to Central Station and Darling Harbour, which is Australia’s largest Chinatown. There are two apparent traditional Chinese ‘Paifang’ at each end of the narrow pedestrian street, which separate this traditional street with metropolitan bustling streets. As a heritage that mixed diverse ethnic groups and past and contemporary Chinese cultures, there is a lot to enjoy. And besides, Chinese food like steamed meat filled buns, pan fried pork buns, fried dumplings and Sichuan hotpot are quite welcome.
Aim and interviews
In this feature article, I am going to shed light on what these ‘five secrets’ are by identifying Emperor’s Garden Restaurant, Emperor’s Cream Puffs, Meet Fresh, New Chilli House and the night market, what make them mysterious and attractive and how they help to make Chinatown an attractive place to go.
Initially, I intend to interview the owners of the above restaurants and stores, focus on the following questions
- the brief history of the restaurants and list some special dishes
- the receptions of these food, which respectively attracts Chinese and Aussie most
- in their perspective, what makes them popular
- whether they attempt to make some adjusting that the flavor more cater to Aussie’s taste
- What is the difference between them operate the catering industry in China and in Sydney
In terms of consumers and visitors, I will ask questions as follow
- what food do you like best and why
- what do you think that can represent Chinese cuisine
- what factors do you think that stimulate you to go there
In terms of the night market in Sydney’s Chinatown, questions can be asked like, do Sydney has such markets? And what is the difference? I will also ask the store owners which attract people most.
I will connect answers of above questions with official websites that introducing Sydney Chinatown to conclude the features and representatives of Chinatown, and the deep reasons that make it welcome.
Suggested online publications and user group
As this feature article provides information on food, entertainment, lifestyle and way for understanding Chinatown, which focuses on something relaxing and entertaining, therefore, I would suggest it can be published to the ‘Lifestyle’ column of The Sydney Morning Herald and The Australian. Besides, broadsheet.com.au should also be a good choice, as it particularly focuses on food and entertainment. Such feature articles may appeal to people who are interested in Chinese cuisine and would like to know more about Chinatown. Also, it may raise considerations on transcultural phenomenon.
(Yan Xu, SID: 460132848, Word count:523)