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This paper provides a description and overview of Manhattan's Chinatown neighborhood. First, the paper notes the neighborhood's location and how it has grown in recent years. Then, it addresses the government subsidized housing projects that were built for Chinese immigrants. In particular, the paper notes that Chinatown Manhattan differs from most others of its kind across the United States in that it features as both a residential and commercial region. Next, the paper examines its region's demographic and historical nature. Then, the paper discusses that a factor unique to the Chinese community in New York City is that Chinatown Manhattan is not the only Chinese settlement in the area. The paper concludes by stating that Chinatown appears to be a thriving community, despite economic and other difficulties facing the region.
From the Paper:"According the AAFNY, Chinatown Manhattan differs from most others of its kind across the United States in that it features as both a residential and commercial region. Population estimates range from 150,000 to 250,000 or even 350,000 residents. The residents of the region have a tendency towards low participation in the US Census, mainly because of language barriers and illegal immigration. In terms of employment, the some 200-300 Chinese restaurants in the region offer income opportunities for cooks and waiters, although there are also some sweat shops. The local garment industry offers part-time employment for home workers, as it focuses on quick production in small volumes. Population growth is generally due to immigration, with generations that gain language and employment skills moving to the more affluent areas of New York."
"In determining whether Chinatown might be a formal, functional, or vernacular region, it is helpful to consider the region's demographic and historical nature. According to the National Geographic Society, formal regions are those that are generally recognized as such as a result of being shared by people with common cultural characteristics or goals."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Asian American Federation of New York (AAFNY). Neighborhood Profile: Manhattan's Chinatown. 2004. http://www.aafny.org/cic/briefs/Chinatownbrief.pdf
- National Geographic Society. Geography Standards. 2008. http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/standards/05/index.html
- Tung, Larry. Chinatown Looks for a Way to Survive and Thrive. Gotham Gazette, April 2009. http://www.gothamgazette.com/article/immigrants/20090420/11/2888
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