Officials in Riverside California have decided to rename a street in Chinatown after complaints
that it was confusing and disparaging to Chinese immigrants with limited English skills. Wong Way
was named after George Wong,
the last member of the Riverside Chinatown community. The name was chosen in his honor and partly (according to local historian Harry Lawton) because several City Council members were amused by the alliteration of the street name. But some in the community thought the street name appeared to be more of a joke than an honor and were insulted by it. The name has since been changed to Wong Street.