Under a lantern-strung plaza, in the heart of Los Angeles’ historic Chinatown, the scene looks different.
The usual fixtures are there: stores touting rows of waving lucky cats and porcelain figurines, others slinging steel tai chi fans and double-edged swords. But anyone who’s ever been to this often-frequented part of the neighborhood would notice — on this balmy Wednesday evening, something’s a-brewing.
That something is a “Fortune City,” or as designer Alexander Wang calls it, “a multi-layer” event meant to celebrate his Asian-American heritage while supporting the Chinatown Corporation’s preservation efforts of the area’s historic plaza. The first layer starts right here, just past the security check-in, with food — as all good things do. For a taste, all you have to do is trade in your vouchers — make-believe pink cash handed out before you walk in.