City Says Wong Way Sent Wrong Message

Wednesday, Jul 22, 2009  |  Updated 12:30 PM PDT
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City Says Wong Way Sent Wrong Message

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Riverside officials say they're headed in the right direction with a street name change.

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It's Wong Way no more.

Believing a road in this city's former Chinatown called Wong Way has been sending the wrong message for decades, officials in Riverside have renamed it Wong Street.

In 1961, the short connector street near downtown was named after the late George Wong, the last resident of Riverside's Chinatown.

But some in the community thought the street name appeared to be more of a joke than an honor and were insulted by it.

City Councilman Mike Gardner, who requested the street name change, said the sign was disparaging to Chinese immigrants with limited English skills.
 

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