Chinatowns in the United States

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At the start of the twenty-first century, a small number of Chinese people continued to come to Ohio each year. Chinatown, Manhattan and Little Fuzhou. From the gleaming chrome and towering size of modern, air-conditioned malls, to the hustle and bustle of its famously buzzing street markets, Bangkok has all kinds of places to blow your baht. In addition to the standard Chinese New Year festivities, the Oakland Chinatown Streetfest held by the Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce is also held yearly in August and it features Chinese lion dances, parades, music, cooking demonstrations and contests, a food festival, and various activities.

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Ceremonial wreaths and leafy green plants with red-colored ribbons strewn across are also usually placed in front of new Chinatown businesses by well-wishers particularly family members, wholesalers, community organizations, and so on , to assure future success.

The Mid-Autumn Festival or "August Moon Festival" is an annual celebration that occurs sometime between August to October, depending on the lunar calendar and local customs. Many stores sell special mooncakes in conjunction with this particular festival. In addition to street celebrations, dragon boat races are held on this occasion in some cities. A major component of many Chinatowns is the family benevolent association, which provides some degree of aid to immigrants.

These associations generally provide social support, religious services, death benefits members' names in Chinese are generally enshrined on tablets and posted on walls , meals, and recreational activities for ethnic Chinese, especially for older Chinese migrants.

Membership in these associations can be based on members sharing a common Chinese surname or belonging to a common clan, spoken Chinese dialect , specific village, region or country of origin, and so on. Many have their own facilities. The Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association is among the largest umbrella groups of benevolent associations in the North America, which branches in several Chinatowns.

Chinatown, Paris has an institution in the Association des Résidents en France d'origine indochinoise and it servicing overseas Chinese immigrants in Paris who were born in the former French Indochina. Traditionally, Chinatown-based associations have also been aligned with ethnic Chinese business interests, such as restaurant, grocery, and laundry antiquated associations in Chinatowns in North America.

Although the term "Chinatown" was first used in Asia, it does not come from a Chinese language. Its earliest appearance seems to have been in connection with the Chinese quarter of Singapore , which by was already being called "China Town" or "Chinatown" by the British colonial government.

The first appearance of a Chinatown outside Singapore may have been in , in a book by the Rev. Hatfield, who applied the term to the Chinese part of the main settlement on the remote South Atlantic island of St.

For instance, an Ohio newspaper wrote: In British publications before the s, "Chinatown" appeared mainly in connection with California.

However, they began using the term to denote local Chinese communities as early as in Australia [42] and in New Zealand. Several alternate English names for Chinatown include China Town generally used in British and Australian English , The Chinese District , Chinese Quarter , and China Alley an antiquated term used primarily in several rural towns in the western United States for a Chinese community; some of these are now historical sites.

In the case of Lillooet, British Columbia, Canada, China Alley was a parallel commercial street adjacent to the town's Main Street, enjoying a view over the river valley adjacent and also over the main residential part of Chinatown, which was largely of adobe construction. All traces of Chinatown and China Alley there have disappeared, despite a once large and prosperous community.

The Tang Dynasty was a zenith of the Chinese civilization, after which some Chinese call themselves. Some Chinatowns are indeed just one single street, such as the relatively short Fisgard Street in Victoria , British Columbia , Canada. Bù , pronounced sometimes in Mandarin as fù , usually means seaport ; but in this sense, it means city or town.

Some Chinatowns have unique Chinese names used by the local Chinese. This is however a transliteration of the local term "Binondo" and an allusion to its proximity to the Pasig River. In Francophone regions such as France and Quebec , Chinatown is often referred to as le quartier chinois the Chinese Quarter ; plural: The most prominent Francophone Chinatowns are located in Paris and Montreal.

The Spanish-language term is usually barrio chino Chinese neighborhood ; plural: However, barrio chino or its Catalan cognate barri xinès do not always refer to a Chinese neighborhood: In Indonesia , chinatown is known as Pecinan , a shortened term of pe-cina-an , means everything related to the Chinese people. Most of these pecinans usually located in Java.

Some languages have adopted the English-language term, such as Dutch and German. South Africa has the largest Chinatown and the largest Chinese population of any African country and remains a popular destination for Chinese immigrants coming to Africa. New York City is home to the largest ethnic Chinese population outside of Asia , including several Chinatowns in and around Manhattan , Flushing , and Brooklyn.

There is also a Little Fuzhou developing in Manhattan and in a nearby area of Brooklyn. San Francisco , a Pacific port city, has the oldest and longest continuous running Chinatown in the Western Hemisphere. The oldest Chinatown in the Americas is in Mexico City and dates back to at least the early 17th century. Latin American Chinatowns may include the descendants of original migrants — often of mixed Chinese and Latin parentage — and more recent immigrants from East Asia.

Estimates widely vary on the number of Chinese descendants in Latin America. Notable Chinatowns also exist in Lima , Peru. Chinatowns in Asia are widespread with a large concentration of overseas Chinese in East Asia and Southeast Asia and ethnic Chinese whose ancestors came from southern China — particularly the provinces of Guangdong , Fujian , and Hainan — and settled in countries such as Brunei , Cambodia , Indonesia , Laos , Malaysia , Myanmar , Singapore , the Philippines , Thailand , and Vietnam centuries ago—starting as early as the Tang Dynasty , but mostly notably in the 17th through the 19th centuries during the reign of the Qing Dynasty , and well into the 20th century.

Today the Chinese diaspora in Asia is largely concentrated in Southeast Asia however the legacy of the once widespread overseas Chinese communities in Asia is evident in the many Chinatowns that are found across East Asia, South Asia, and Southeast Asia. It extends between the corners of Swanston and Exhibition Streets. Melbourne's Chinatown originated during the Victorian gold rush in , and is notable as the oldest Chinatown in Australia.

It has also been claimed to be the longest continuously running Chinese community outside of Asia, but only because the San Francisco earthquake all but destroyed the Chinatown in San Francisco in California. Sydney's main Chinatown centers on Sussex Street in the Sydney downtown. The Chinatown of Adelaide was originally built in the s and was renovated in the s.

Redevelopment of the precinct was established in and completed in in time for Chinese New Year celebrations. Several urban Chinatowns exist in major European capital cities. Antwerp, Belgium has also seen an upstart Chinese community, that has been recognized by the local authorities since The Chinatown in Paris , located in the 13th arrondissement , is the largest in Europe, where many Vietnamese — specifically ethnic Chinese refugees from Vietnam — have settled and in Belleville in the northeast of Paris as well as in Lyon.

The Chinatown in Liverpool is the oldest Chinese community in Europe. The Chinatown in Manchester is located in central Manchester. Chinatowns have also been mentioned in the song " Kung Fu Fighting " by Carl Douglas whose song lyrics says " There was funky China men from funky Chinatown The martial arts actor Bruce Lee is well known as a person who was born in the Chinatown of San Francisco.

Neighborhood activists and politicians have increased in prominence in some cities, and some are starting to attract support from non-Chinese voters. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

For other uses, see Chinatown disambiguation. Binondo , the oldest Chinatown in the world, in Manila. Manhattan's Chinatown , the largest concentration of Chinese people in the Western Hemisphere. Paifang gate to Chinatown, Boston. Entrance to Chinatown, Sydney. Paifang in Buenos Aires , Argentina. Chinatown, Boston looking towards the paifang. Gate of Chinatown, Portland , Oregon. Chinatown entry arch in Newcastle , England. Chinese Garden of Friendship, part of Sydney Chinatown.

Street signs in Oakland Chinatown in English and Chinese. McDonald's in the Triangle de Choisy in Paris. Chinese restaurant and Chinese cuisine.

This section contains weasel words: Such statements should be clarified or removed. List of seafood restaurants. Moon festival lantern parade in Chinatown, Los Angeles , Like Chinese worldwide, the people in Calgary , Alberta 's Chinatown perform dragon dances for good luck. Mooncakes, often eaten during the Mid-Autumn festival. Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association. Chinatowns in the Americas.

Portland, Oregon 's Chinatown. Chinatown in Canada's Capital, Ottawa. Yokohama Chinatown 's Goodwill Gate in Japan. Chinatown gate in Mangga Dua , Jakarta , Indonesia. Chinatowns in Australia and Chinatowns in Oceania. Chinatowns in Australia and Oceania. Paifang at Sydney Chinatown. Paifang at Bendigo Chinese Precinct. In the s, farm labor in Salinas was done by many Chinese immigrants. Salinas boasted the second largest Chinatown in the state, slightly smaller than San Francisco.

In , due to its historic and cultural value, the city council of San Diego sought to preserve the area and officially designated it the Asian Pacific Thematic Historic District , which partially overlaps the burgeoning and gentrified Gaslamp Quarter Historic District the center of the San Diego's trendy nightlife scene. The first, and one of the largest, most prominent and highly visited Chinatowns in the Americas is San Francisco's Chinatown. Founded in , Chinatown was destroyed in the San Francisco earthquake and was later rebuilt and re-realized, using a Chinese-style architecture that has been criticized as garish and touristy.

For many years a center of tong wars and later gang activism, Chinatown is now much safer than it was in years past. Chinatown receives millions of tourists annually, making the community, along with Alcatraz and Golden Gate Bridge , one of the prime attractions and highlights of the city of San Francisco, as well as the centerpiece of Chinese-American history.

Besides the main thoroughfare of Grant Avenue and various side streets, Chinatown has several side alleys, including Ross Alley.

Contained within this alley is a mix of touristy stores, tiny barber shop, as well as a fortune cookie factory. Ross Alley used to have brothels , but they no longer exist. In its founding, it received the grant from the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association , otherwise known as the Chinese Six Companies. San Francisco's Chinatown is also the birthplace of chop suey and many other dishes of American Chinese cuisine. Oakland 's Chinatown is frequently referred to as "Oakland Chinatown" in order to distinguish it from nearby San Francisco's Chinatown.

Originally formed in the s, the Chinatown of Oakland — centering upon 8th Street and Webster Street — shares a long history as its counterpart in the city of San Francisco as Oakland's community remains one of the focal point of Chinese American heritage in the San Francisco Bay Area.

However, the major difference with San Francisco's Chinatown is that Oakland's version is not as touristy, as its local economy tends not to rely on tourism as much. But the local government of Oakland has since promoted it as such as it is considered one of the top sources of sales tax revenue for the city. The Chinatown does not have an ornamental entrance arch paifang but the streets of the community are adorned with road signs in English with Chinese rendering.

Today, while it remains a Cantonese-speaking enclave, it is not exclusively Chinese anymore, but more of a pan-Asian neighborhood which reflects Oakland's diversity of Asian communities, including Chinese, Vietnamese , Korean , Filipinos , Japanese , Cambodian , Laotian , Mien , Thai , and others. In addition to the standard Chinese New Year festivities, the Oakland Chinatown Streetfest held by the Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce is also held yearly in August and it features Chinese lion dances, parades, music, cooking demonstrations and contests, a food festival, and various activities.

Napa had a Chinatown that was established in the mids, located on First Street. It had residents, and many of its residents provided manual labor in the area.

San Jose was home to five Chinatowns that existed until the s. By , the area was burned to the ground with many Chinese evicted from the area as the anti-Chinese public sentiment grew. Later in history, John Heinlen, a farmer and businessman, planned a six block Chinatown with brick structures with water and pipes in the area of Sixth Street and Cleveland Street in , to the dismay of the non-Chinese public and caused public outrage.

The area was then known as "Heinlenville" and contained a variety of merchants, barbers, traditional doctors, and Chinese herbal medicine. The area was surrounded by Little Italy and co-existed harmoniously, but then dwindled in the s as the younger generations sought careers outside the area and with a lack of new Chinese coming in due to the Chinese Exclusion Act , the area lost almost all of its Chinese population.

At the time, an existing Japantown nearby was evacuated due to the war, but was repopulated after the internment of the Japanese-Americans. There was a Chinatown in Santa Rosa , present in the early s, and was removed afterward.

The district had around residents. In , Stockton's Chinatown " On Lock Sam, the city's oldest restaurant was founded in The community was once quite large but, after development in the s and s and the construction of the Crosstown freeway, businesses moved, buildings were demolished, new buildings were built, and the community changed forever. It was also referred to as "Hop Alley" and it was torn apart by riots in the s. Louis newspaper dated November 1, documented the complete destruction of the neighborhood as "Chinatown Gutted by Murderous Scoundrels".

The development of the Mohegan Sun casino has caused major demographic changes to the surrounding communities of Montville and Norwich. Some neighborhoods have transformed from low density "suburban" to higher density occupancy, with underused rooms and spaces in single-family houses converted to house as many as 12 people.

Also, many of Chinese descent grow vegetables in the front yard, a practice considered unacceptable to some pre-existing demographics, with some incidents sparking racial tensions.

Chinatown in Washington, D. Unlike Chinatowns in the continental United States which were largely pioneered and dominated by Taishan immigrants, Honolulu's Chinatown was started by early settlers from Zhongshan , Guangdong Province in the s.

They migrated to Hawaii for work in the island's cane sugar plantations as well as rice fields and then as they became successful eventually relocating to the city of Honolulu.

As with other Chinatowns in the United States, it was noted for its unsanitary conditions. In the s, it degenerated into a red-light district. Today, it is also diverse with Pan-Asian and Pacific Islander businesses and the ethnic Chinese from Vietnam are largely demographically represented in Honolulu's Chinatown. Businesses include markets, bakeries, a Chinese porcelain shop, and shops specializing with gingseng herbal remedies. In Chinatown, there are also bazaars and street peddlers in the Kekaulike Mall located on Kekaulike Street bringing it unique bustling ambiance to the community.

The variety of restaurants serving Hong Kong-style dim sum and others in Vietnamese beef noodle soup are frequent in Chinatown. The history of Chinese revolutionary Sun Yat-sen — from the Zhongshan region of Guangdong province of China — is tied to Hawaii, having receiving his Western education there. Chinatown, Honolulu was once served as the base of operations in a series of crusades against ruling Qing Dynasty in China that culminate in the Revolution of There is a monument in his honor in Honolulu's Chinatown.

Recent development and planning has dramatically transformed the once decaying and unsafe neighborhood to an upscale Asian inspired arts district blended with the traditional Chinese bazaars and family owned stores. The Chinatown in Chicago is a traditional urban ethnic enclave, occupying a large portion of the Armour Square region on the city's near south side.

The intersection of Wentworth Avenue at Cermak Road is the neighborhood's historic epicenter. Chinatown has historically been dominated by Chinese-American commercial interests, though in recent years, large-scale construction of residential developments, particularly east of Canal Streets and the area adjacent Ping Tom Park south of W.

While it is a cultural tourist attraction for visitors, Chinatown also attracts Chinese emigrants hailing from China as a gateway neighborhood. The first significant migration of Chinese to Louisiana took place during Reconstruction after the American Civil War, between and , when local planters imported hundreds of Cantonese contract laborers from Cuba, California, and directly from China as a low-cost replacement for slave labor. They were followed by Chinese merchants from California and other states, who supplied the laborers, imported tea and other luxury goods to the Port of Orleans , and exported cotton and dried shrimp to China.

Several office towers stand on the site of the former Tulane Avenue Chinatown. A few Chinese businesses attempted to build a second Chinatown on the block of Bourbon Street, but this smaller Chinatown also died out over the next thirty years. Chinatown in the U. The first Chinese person arrived in with the Chinatown forming around until around The last vestiges of Chinatown lingered until when the last Chinese laundry closed and all buildings demolished by then through urban renewal.

By , there were enough Chinese people that a Chinese community began to form, though mostly with men whose wives were prohibited from migration due the newly created law. The community celebrated their first Chinese New Year that year By , around 30 Chinese laundries existed in the city. In , a union formed to fix prices for laundromats and consisted of around people who owned the laundries.

By around the s, the Chinese community had shrunk to the point that Chinatown almost ceased to exist. By , the last laundry was demolished wiping out the last remaining vestige of Chinatown.

Baltimore , Maryland was home to a small Chinatown. Historically, Baltimore had at least two districts that were called "Chinatown" where the first one existed on the block of Marion Street [47] ring the s. A second and current location is at the block of Park Ave. The initial Chinese population came because of the transcontinental railroad, however, the Chinese population never exceeded as of During segregation, Chinese children were classified as "white" and went to the white schools.

Chinatown was largely gone by the First World War due to urban renewal. Though Chinatown was largely spared from the riots of the s, most of the Chinese residents moved to the suburbs.

Rockville , in addition to North Potomac with a Census conducted in , Rockville is widely considered to be a "Little Taipei" due to the area's high concentration of Taiwanese immigrants. Although it is considered a satellite of the Washington, D. Close to 30, people of Chinese descent live in Montgomery County, most of whom were drawn to the "good schools" and is home to at least three Chinese newspapers.

After the riots of , many Chinese sought refuge in the suburbs of Maryland and Virginia, thus starting the decline of the H Street Chinatown. It turns out that the "best food is no longer in Chinatown" and " There are many Chinese , Japanese , Cambodian , and Vietnamese restaurants and markets in one of the largest Chinatowns in the United States.

In the pre-Chinatown era, the area was settled in succession by Irish , Jewish , Italian , and Syrian immigrants as each group replaced another. Syrians were later succeeded by Chinese immigrants, and Chinatown was established in From the s to the s, Boston's Chinatown was located in the Combat Zone , which served as Boston's red light district , but sandwiched between the dual expansions of Chinatown from the East and Emerson College from the West, the Combat Zone, while still in existence, has shrunk to almost nothing.

Currently, Boston's Chinatown is experiencing gentrification. High-rise luxury residential towers are built in and surrounding the area that was overwhelmingly three, four, and five-story small apartment buildings intermixed with retail and light-industrial spaces. Although there is still a road marker indicating "Chinatown" and a mural commemorating the struggle for justice in the Vincent Chin case, only one Chinese American establishment still operates within the borders of the City of Detroit.

The Association of Chinese Americans Detroit Outreach Center, [64] a small community center, serves a handful of new Chinese immigrants who still reside in the Cass Corridor. Louis, Missouri , was a Chinatown near Downtown St. Louis that existed from until its demolition for Busch Memorial Stadium in Louis was Alla Lee, born in Ningbo near Shanghai , who arrived in the city in Lee remained the only Chinese immigrant until , when a group of about immigrants mostly men arrived seeking factory work.

Louis Chinatown had settled at between and The history of Chinese in Montana closely ties with the building of the Northern Pacific Railroad in the s in many cities and towns including Butte, Big Timber, and other places. An archaeological find uncovered remnants of laundromats and other architectures relating to the Chinese culture. At the end of the 19th century, many Chinese people called Big Timber, Montana home.

According to the Billings Gazette , Chinese artifacts dating from the late s to the s were found. The artifacts showed that " Chinese restaurants, laundries and even a house of prostitution did business in the southcentral Montana town. Built in the s, " It wasn't until that the discovery was made where the town of Big Timber and the U. All that remains of the Chinese presence in Big Timber, is a handful of artifacts and stories of Chinese tunnels and the opium trade.

Due to the mining boom in Butte, many Chinese workers moved in and set up businesses that led to the creation of a Chinatown. There was anti-Chinese sentiment in the s and onwards due to racism on the part of the white settlers, exacerbated by economic depression, and in , the chamber of commerce and labor unions started a boycott of Chinese owned businesses.

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