By Bernard P Wong, Tan Chee-Beng
The authors of Chinatowns around the globe: Gilded Ghetto, Ethnopolis, and Cultural Diaspora search to show the social truth of Chinatowns with empirical info whereas reading the altering nature and services of Chinatowns in several nations worldwide.
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06 that covers the area west of Main Street. 2 percent of the Chinese population in Greater Vancouver. In contrast, the 76,000 Chinese in Richmond account for about 20 percent of Vancouver’s Chinese population (Table 2). A similar pattern of distribution is found when “Chinese mother tongue” is used as a gage. The same data also show that there is still a high concentration of Chinese residents in the Chinatown neighborhood. About 38 percent of the residents in the Chinatown census tracts are of visible minority origin, compared to 43 percent in Richmond; about one-third of the residents in Chinatown as well as in Richmond mostly speak Chinese at home (Table 3).
There are some striking differences in the type of Chinese living in Vancouver’s Chinatown area and in Richmond. Those born in the People’s Republic of China account for 25 percent of the residents in Chinatown, but only 15 percent in Richmond; in contrast, Hong Kong-born immigrants make up 13 percent the Richmond population and only two percent of the Chinatown population (Table 4). There is a higher percentage of the elderly population (65 and over) in Chinatown than in Richmond; close to half of the households 30 peter s.
When Henry Hudson sailed into New York Bay in 1609, his expedition was financed by the Dutch East India Company in the hopes of finding a much-longed-for sea route to the riches of China and India. By the 18th and 19th centuries, Chinese luxury items arriving on British clipper ships had already become status symbols among New York’s rising merchant and political elite. As the nation attempted to establish itself on the world economic stage after the American Revolution, New York’s merchant class emulated its former colonial masters and turned to the China trade.