The story behind Houston’s Chinese and Vietnamese street signs

Those debating Houston’s status as an international mecca should look no further than the bilingual street signs on Bellaire Boulevard.

While Chinatown’s miles-long stretch is known for its authentic restaurants, boba tea shops and numerous banks, it also features dozens of street signs in Chinese and Vietnamese.

The history of Houston’s bilingual signs dates back decades and is filled with dissent and failed efforts. It’s also a testament to the city’s growth and diversity.


Corner of Corporate Drive and Clarewood Dr. street signs, Sunday, May 15, 2022, in Houston.


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Workers hanging a “Walk of Honor” sign honoring military leaders of the Army of the Republic of Vietnam Monday, Nov. 22, 2021, at corner of Bellaire Boulevard and Boone Road in Houston. International Management District will be hoisting "Walk of Honor" signs at five intersections in Asian Town, where many Vietnamese Americans reside, shop and do business.

Workers hanging a “Walk of Honor” sign honoring military leaders of the Army of the Republic of Vietnam Monday, Nov. 22, 2021, at corner of Bellaire Boulevard and Boone Road in Houston. International Management District will be hoisting “Walk of Honor” signs at five intersections in Asian Town, where many Vietnamese Americans reside, shop and do

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