One thing that me and our local real estate cabal agree upon is the sanctity of Broadway as a neighborhood dividing line on the east si-iiiide of San Francisco. We would never consider any area above B’Way as being a part of Chinatown, right? But Chinese/Asian businesses started a foothold in North Beach back in the day and some people didn’t like it, not one bit.
So, these Italian light pole flags started going up a few decades back as a response to the encroachment, the Asian Invasion. See?
I’ll tell you, a person who didn’t cotton to these flags was furniture store owner Ed Yee. You see, he preferred American flags. Read all about his campaign against colori italiani in this bit by Ilene Lelchuk from all the way back in aught-two. Ed’s windmill-tilting even made the Fox News back then.
But, after some blowback from people like Louis Calabro of the “European American Issues Forum,” Ed got fined and, well, nowadays, it looks like his campaign to put up American flags on the Italian poles has ended. Oh well.
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Back in the day, back in the 1800’s, people in North Beach would throw rocks at Chinese and Chinese Americans who ventured north of Broadway. These days, we “defend” the Italian-ness, the whiteness of North Beach in a different way.
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