Design a Menu

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Create a menu featuring all your favorite foods!

The Old Menus of New Chinatown

The Huntington has a collection of menus from Los Angeles’s Chinatown in the 1930s that are part of the Hong Family Archives. Y.C. Hong was a Chinese American lawyer in California who helped people who wanted to immigrate to the United States from China. Check out the Hong Family Archives online.

Time to make your own menu!


  • A piece of paper
  • Art materials (crayons, markers, colored pencils, paint, etc.)


1. Take the piece of paper: This will serve as your menu. You can keep it flat or fold it.

2. Use the art materials to design your menu and write the food you will serve. Make sure to give your menu a title!


1. What type of foods will you serve? What colors will you use? How will you design your menu?

2. What does the food you’ve chosen for your menu say about you?

3. After watching the video, did you have a favorite menu?

4. Use Google Earth to find the addresses of the restaurants in the video. Are the two locations close to, or far away from, each other? What does this tell you about the development of Chinatown?