Top 22 Chinatown Quotes

Words matter. These are the best Chinatown Quotes from famous people such as Roger Rees, S. J. Rozan, Wong Kar-wai, Richard Roeper, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.

I have a little studio in Chinatown, and I sometimes go

I have a little studio in Chinatown, and I sometimes go there and rearrange my brushes. But I would have to stop acting altogether in order to become a painter. At the moment, I’m still interested and active as an actor and director. Besides, I rather think acting and painting are all part of the same creative urge.
Roger Rees
Chinatown is tremendously interesting… It’s a part of the city that hasn’t really been explored in crime literature or in any general literature. It’s as though Chinatown didn’t exist. People write about New York without mentioning Chinatown at all.
S. J. Rozan
I’ve always wanted to make a film about the Tong Wars, the rioting and the crime factions in San Francisco’s Chinatown in the early part of the last century.
Wong Kar-wai
I became addicted to the movie-going experience in the 1970s, when I attended multiple screenings of films such as ‘Chinatown’, ‘Jaws’, ‘Star Wars’ and the original ‘Rocky’.
Richard Roeper
I arrived in New York in 1986, when I was 28. The market here was nothing. In the Union Square farmers’ market, it was a couple of potatoes, everything from California. So the only place I was comfortable shopping was in Chinatown, because it all came from Hong Kong.
Jean-Georges Vongerichten
I was born in San Francisco’s Chinatown in 1948 but grew up in a black neighborhood. During elementary and middle school, I commuted to a bilingual school in Chinatown. So I did not confront white American culture until high school.
Laurence Yep
I enjoy walking through Nolita and Chinatown, watching the people and the buildings, browsing through shops and stopping at little cafes for a cup of coffee or glass of wine.
Aslaug Magnusdottir
The cultural pressure for a middle-class Chinese-American to walk, talk and act like a lower-class thug from Chinatown is nil. The same can be said of Jews, or of any other ethnic group. But in black America the folly is so commonplace it fails to attract serious attention.
Thomas Chatterton Williams
I took a Chinatown bus to New York to enroll in the International Culinary Center’s pastry program.
Christina Tosi
Everyone thinks that ‘Chinatown’ is the best screenplay. I’m not sure it is.
Patricia Marx
The idea of the beauty of diversity came from just growing up where I grew up. Los Angeles is a very big city – there’s Little Ethiopia, Little Armenia, Little Tokyo, Chinatown, there’s African-Americans, Latinos, Europeans.
Kamasi Washington
Having spent many years working in New York’s Chinatown restaurants early in my career, I have the utmost respect for the history and connection New Yorkers have with Chinese cuisine.
Andrew Cherng
Films like ‘The Godfather,’ ‘The Exorcist,’ ‘Klute,’ ‘Chinatown,’ ‘Network,’ and ‘The Parallax View’: They were drawn from the genre tradition, but they dressed down the stylistic telling of those traditions and genres.
Todd Haynes
I’m astounded by people who want to ‘know’ the universe when it’s hard enough to find your way around Chinatown.
Woody Allen
Manhattan, after eight years here, still reminds me of Hong Kong. There are parts of Chinatown that are the spit and image of streets in Wan Chai, and I am held in thrall by the Chrysler building as much as I was by I.M. Pei’s Bank of China Tower.
Mary H.K. Choi
Polanski is a great film director – although the much-acclaimed ‘Chinatown’ has a muddled script – but his true talent is to make fools of his friends.
Richard Cohen
I think Jack Nicholson in ‘Chinatown’ is a very funny character, but I would never call that a comedy.
Ruben Fleischer
I try to always have flowers in the house. I have a florist in Chinatown, and they deliver orchids every two weeks. I like living with living things.
Phillip Lim
The trouble with that movie is that you had to see Chinatown the day before you saw The Two Jakes.
Eli Wallach
Southeast Asia food uses many different types of spices which are quite new to me, like the curry leaves which I saw at the Kreta Ayer wet market in Chinatown. With such spices used in cooking, this usually imparts a strong aroma to Southeast Asian food, which appeals to the senses.
Joel Robuchon
America loses so much of what defines it if you subtract the Chinese influence. I know this because I spent 12 years living in one of America’s most popular tourist destinations: San Francisco. And it would not be one of America’s top tourist destinations without Chinatown.
W. Kamau Bell
Living in L.A., it’s such a big huge place and there’s so much of it. It’s so much fun to be in Chinatown, or Downtown L.A. I was in Lynnwood, I was in Huntington Beach. I was in Venice. It’s an incredible place.
Tim Commerford