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Asian American Life: The Future of Chinatowns

Chinatowns were once considered the oldest and largest ethnic communities in the U.S.A. Today, many are disappearing. Reporter Paul Lin in-depth report
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The opening 9+ minutes of this CUNY-TV documentary discusses the disappearing Chinatowns all over major cities around the world.
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San Gabriel Valley, CA: Small Town, Global City - State of the Re:Union

San Gabriel Valley, CA: Small Town, Global City - State of the Re:Union | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
T he San Gabriel Valley is just like any other suburb in America. Life revolves around family and school; the social fabric is woven over cheap eats at the mall. But unlike most suburbs in America, the San Gabriel Valley is home to the largest Chinese diaspora in the country. In fact, eight of the …
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As the old ghetto Chinatowns romanticized by songs like 'Chinatown, My Chinatown' that attracted tourists curious about "Orientals" for decades, new forms of Chinese communities have developed such as the San Gabriel Valley in southern California.

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Looking Deeper into the Challenges and Possibilities of San Francisco’s Chinatown in the 21st Century | Untapped Cities

Looking Deeper into the Challenges and Possibilities of San Francisco’s Chinatown in the 21st Century | Untapped Cities | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
To truly understand Chinatown's significance to San Francisco, we must look past the red lanterns and delve deeper into the history and issues facing residents.
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Overview of the beginnings of San Francisco Chinatown and how it was transformed into a tourist mecca, but one that is frought with many problems for its Chinese residents that lies hidden beneath the facade experienced by visitors.  Raises the question, what is the future of this, and one might add, other  Chinatowns.

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The Unlikely Boom of Chicago’s Chinatown

The Unlikely Boom of Chicago’s Chinatown | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
As gentrification and changing cultural preferences wipe out urban Chinatowns across the U.S., a model for survival is being proven in the heartland.
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The historic Chinatowns of North America located near the heart of cities are dying or being over run by gentrification, with the notable exception in Chicago. 

 

"Prompted by urban unrest in the 1960s and ’70s and corresponding white flight, many Chinese people chose to move to the suburbs — or to the “ethnoburbs,” as some have dubbed them. D.C. residents moved into Maryland and Virginia. In New York, Chinese families shifted to the outer boroughs, especially Flushing, Queens, and Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Los Angeles residents headed to the San Gabriel Valley, which today is home to eight of the 10 cities with the highest proportion of Chinese-Americans."  Nextcity.org

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Michael J Melville's curator insight, February 26, 2016 2:21 AM

I love chicago and this is a pretty interesting read

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Santa Ana Deliberately Burned Down Its Chinatown in 1906--And Let a Man Die to Do It

Santa Ana Deliberately Burned Down Its Chinatown in 1906--And Let a Man Die to Do It | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it
The atmosphere was jovial as more than 1,000 people gathered in downtown Santa Ana on May 25, 1906, to watch...
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What happened to the Santa Ana, California Chinatown is a story that is very similar to the fate of many other little working class Chinatowns across the agricultural and mining towns of California.

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