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FAMILY CONNECTION: Charles Chin, left, president of the Rhode Island chapter of the On Leong Chinese Merchants Association in Cranston, Peter Kwong, center, and Edward Moy look at an association flag. Moy’s grandfather was a past president of the association.

Providence’s forgotten Chinatown

What happened to Providence’s once-bustling Chinatown? It’s a forgotten story of prejudice – and perseverance. By the time Charles Chin arrived in Providence at the...
ONE OF THE photos displayed as part of the Providence's Chinatown exhibit. The On Leong Chinese Merchants Association, which held its national conference at the Providence Biltmore, is one testament to the active Chinese business community that resided in downtown Providence during the early to mid-20th century. / COURTESY ANGELA FENG

Providence’s Chinatown exhibit documents history of city’s Chinese population

PROVIDENCE – In the 1950s, Lilian Chin Godin grew up in a now-nonexistent, three-story mill building at 6 Warner’s Lane in downtown Providence, right...
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