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High hipsters at Hop Louie 

Thursday, Aug 16 2012
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Audrey Chan's video Chinatown Abecedario, illustrated like a children's book, gives one Chinatown truth or cliche for each letter of the alphabet. For "G," galleries are the gateway to gentrification. For "H," hipsters get high outside of the bar Hop Louie. For "W," Walmart moves in to lower wages in the neighborhood. Then the video repeats, in Spanish, Cantonese and Mandarin, though, of course, the fact that it's based on the ABCs means English still dominates its structure. Chan's piece is part of "(de) Constructing Chinatown" at the Chinese American Museum, along with work by other contemporary artists trying to understand how the kitsch, the upstart art spaces and the strange history feed into what Chinatown is now. 425 N. Los Angeles St.; through Nov. 4. (213) 485-8567, camla.org.
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: July 26. Continues through Nov. 4, 2012
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