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7 The Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association

The Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association

The Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association
This building here houses the Chinese Benevolent Association that's done a lot to help the Chinese community over the years. The building itself was constructed back in 1906 following the earthquake. Originally it didn't look anything like the building we see here today. It was just a plain regular looking building. All these Chinese flourishes like the pagodas above me and all the dragons out front, they were added much later in the 1950s. All the bright colors were added to the building back in the 1950s as well. Each of those colors represent something special to the Chinese. So I'm going to try and remember what they are. First, we got some yellow back here. Yellow symbolizes royalty and the power of the throne. A bit further back we have some blue, which symbolizes immortality. Then on the ground here we have a little bit of green, and also a bit of green on the roof tiles. That symbolizes youth and wealth. The final color, which you'll see a lot of in Chinatown, is red. You can see that on the beams in the ceilings here. The red color symbolizes happiness, luck, and success.
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