August 6, 2015: Learning from Chinatown’s History: Connecting Past & Present Housing Struggles

An urbanIDEA forum on Gordon Chin’s Building Community, Chinatown Style

Thursday August 6th, 2015 | 6-8pm

Bayanihan Community Center | 1010 Mission Street, San Francisco


Featuring: Gordon Chin (founder, Chinatown CDC), NTanya Lee (independent movement activist), & Oscar Grande (PODER)

Moderated by: Dyan Ruiz (

This event is FREE.  Please RSVP here.

As the fight over the right to stay in the Bay Area rages around us, join urbanIDEA for a special event in our 2015 Forum Series featuring Gordon Chin’s new book, Building Community, Chinatown Style.

Activists and thinkers N’Tanya Lee and Oscar Grande will discuss the ways that Chinatown’s history, as told by Gordon, can help us understand the contemporary urban housing dilemma locally and across the region. Join us as we explore how lessons and organizing strategies from past housing crises and fights for neighborhoods connect to today’s community struggles and the question of Who Can Afford to Live in SF.

Born in Chinatown to a family with deep San Francisco roots, Chin ultimately emerged as a key activist and strategist in major struggles over housing, displacement, zoning, and fights over public land. In a book that brings together the challenges of race and class divisions with struggles centered around capital and government, Chin uses Chinatown as a case study to understand how a local story can offer key lessons for neighborhood-based urban social movements.

Bridging between our last urbanIDEA Forum in April on Coalition Building and our final 2015 Forum in October on Election Issues, this special event promises to be a highly informative part of this year’s urbanIDEA theme “Winning in 2015 and Beyond.”

Copies of the book will be available for purchase. Sales will benefit urbanIDEA and the Chinatown Community Development Center, which published the book.

Don’t miss it!  This event is FREE, but pre-registration is appreciated. Please reserve a seat here.