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Chinatown: The Socioeconomic Potential of an Urban Enclave

Min Zhou

Publication Year: 2010

Published by: Temple University Press


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pp. vii

List of Figures

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pp. ix-x

List of Tables

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pp. xi-xii

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pp. viii-xvi

Chinatown: The name evokes images of an exotic world where people different from the rest of us lead secretive, mysterious lives. The excitement one experiences in stepping into these patches of urban territory comes from the paradox of finding oneself in a wholly foreign land...

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pp. xvii-xxii

My focus in this book is on the experience of recent immigrant Chinese in Chinatown's enclave economy and how networks of the ethnic community facilitate their social mobility. Instead of approaching Chinatown as an urban ghetto where poverty and urban diseases prevail, I view it as...

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pp. xxiii

This book is a result of the contributions, help, and support of many people and agencies, both in the academic field and in the Chinese com Throughout this study, John R. Logan, my adviser and friend, was always ready to offer advice, criticism, and encouragement but was never interfering and prodding. I am deeply indebted to him for his sympathetic ...

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1. Introduction

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pp. 1-17

Strolling along the Lower East Side of Manhattan, New York City, one cannot possibly miss Chinatown, one of the many old ethnic neighborhoods that has formed part of the city 's social mosaic. In Chinatown shops of all kinds are marked with signs written in Chinese ...

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2. Memories of Sojourning

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pp. 18-40

Chinese immigration to the United States dates back to the early 1840S after the Chinese defeat in the Opium War (1838-1842). The one-and-a-half-century history is fairly long in a country that is only a little more than two hundred years of age. Studies on early Chinese...

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3. Changes in Recent Chinese Immigration

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pp. 41-68

The year 1965 was a significant milestone in the history of immigration to the United States. In that year the U.S. government revised the discriminatory immigration law to abolish the national-origin quotas that favored immigrants from northwestern Europe, predominantly...

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4. Uprooted: The New Arrivals

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pp. 69-90

"We finally made it to the Gold Mountain, and we are here to stay." These words express the new attitude of many Chinese immigrants, who now seek a home and a better life in the United States rather than "gold" and a return "home" to their land of origin. Since 1965, the Chinese have ceased to be an unimportant residuum in the larger ...

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5. The Rise of the Economic Enclave

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pp. 91-118

Like many immigrant enclaves in American cities, New York's Chinatown has always been stereotyped as nothing more than an immigrant ghetto-a rundown residential neighborhood or, at best, a culturally distinctive enclave. It has been thought to serve either as a springboard from which immigrants, crippled by disadvantages related ...

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6. The Ethnic Labor Force and Its Labor Market Experience

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pp. 119-151

Chinatown's booming enclave economy has transformed the community from an isolated immigrant neighborhood into one that goes beyond its original boundaries. As an increasingly large number of Chinese immigrants continue to pour into New York City bringing ample...

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7. The Other Half of the Sky: Socioeconomic Adaptation of Immigrant Women

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pp. 152-184

"Women hold up half of the sky." This saying describes what is true of Chinatown's enclave labor force. More often than not, when people think of the Chinese in the United States, they imagine railroad workers, hand laundrymen, or restaurant waiters. Women are...

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8. Residential Mobility and Ethnic Segregation

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pp. 185-218

Manhattan's Old Chinatown has always been a definable, contiguous geographic locality in which the Chinese are concentrated. However, today's Chinese are much more spread out than their predecessors. More than half of New York City's Chinese now live in Queens ...

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9. Conclusion: Rising Out of Chinatown

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pp. 219-234

This book tells the story of immigrant Chinese entering the United States in the past two decades and their daily struggle to gain social positions in American society. It is about how Chinatown is understood by immigrant Chinese as a positive means of adaptation to...


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pp. 235-250


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pp. 251-264


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pp. 265-275

E-ISBN-13: 9781439904176

Publication Year: 2010