Chinatown Elon Tuckman

The main cultural group inhabiting the streets of chinatown are the Chinese. Though in the past years the occupants of Chinatown has spread beyond just the Chinese, more groups like the Dominicans, Puerto Ricans and vietnamese have moved into Chinatown. Some of the things that drew people into inhabiting Chinatown is the endless opportunities in New York. The replication of China in a new city, draws many Chinese who have migrated to the states. The Restaurants and stores are directly next to each other, every street has something going on. Chinatown is a hot place, but it was not always the famous tourist attraction everybody knows it as now.

Reasons for Migration

Many Chinese arrived around the 1840's, lured to the Pacific coast of the United States around California during the gold rush, which attracted many Chinese labors towards the United States in hope to live a cheap new life. Then they were expecting to spend a few years working, thus earning enough money to return to China, build a house and marry. Then due to the slowed down gold availability, rampant discrimination and gang violence in the west, many were drove to the east into larger cities, where job opportunities were more open and they could more easily blend into the already diverse population. Around 1880, the south east side of New York became a home to between 200 and 1,100 Chinese.

ADVANTAGES OF MOVING INTO AN ETHNIC ENCLAVE

Arriving to a new country can be tough, you do not know anyone, you might not speak the same language, and you can have no idea where you are going. An ethnic enclave is not only familiar but will also remind the immigrant of their old home. They will be around people that have similar commonalities: where they grew up, favorite foods, political views and all sorts of stuff like that. It ultimately makes the transition a lot easier for the incomer. It gives the person a place to go where they can feel at home, and not like they are alone with no guidance or friends. Being thrown into a new environment is very tough, often people move to a new country in hopes of a better life.

Advantages of living in an Enclave: An ethnic enclave is not only familiar but will also remind the immigrant of their old home. They will be around people that have similar commonalities It ultimately makes the transition a lot easier for the incomer. It gives the person a place to go where they can feel at home, and not like they are alone with no guidance or friends. Being thrown into a new environment is very tough, often people move to a new country in hopes of a better life
A big thing that stands out about Chinatown in New York City, are the mandarin characters on the big entrance gateway at the front of the town. Along with the huge red gateway, that could stand out on its own, there is golden writing under the english in chinese that says “ Welcome To Chinatown.” The big red gate divides the city and Chinatown, making Chinatown its own distinct town. The streets are tight, lined up and down with shops and restaurants, which maximizes all of the space in the town. Chinatown is a famous town which is well known across the country, for its beautiful streets lined with many shops and restaurants.

Citations

http://www.explorechinatown.com/PDF/FactSheet.pdf

http://new-york-chinatown.info

https://www.ny.com/articles/chinatown.html

http://www.explorechinatown.com

https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/viewer?mid=18WwdgJuGfvnRaov8dVQBxylEXNE&hl=en_US&ll=40.715552560042354%2C-73.99860100000001&z=16

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