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The New Chinatown: Revised Edition by Peter…

The New Chinatown: Revised Edition

by Peter Kwong

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I'm very interested in the history of New York's Chinatown and so appreciated this book. It lays out a clear, chronological account of the social history of the neighborhood, the various different waves of Chinese immigration to this country, and the relationship between Chinatown and the rest of New York City.

I personally find labor history a bit dreary, so the chapters of "The New Chinatown" focusing on this were a slog for me. Although it was like taking medicine, acquiring an better picture of this aspect of Chinatown history did enrich my overall understanding of experience of those of Chinese descent living in New York.

While the revised version brings events up to 1996, I was yearning for information regarding the past decade or so -- labor history and all. ( )
  ElizabethChapman | Oct 25, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0809015854, Paperback)

Newspapers today are filled with stories of corruption and strife in America's Chinatowns, reversing the popular view of Chinese Americans as a model minority of law-abiding, hard-working people whose diligent children end up in high-tech jobs. In The New Chinatown, Peter Kwong goes beyond the headlines in a compelling and detailed account of the political and cultural isolation of Chinese-American communities. This new edition offers a revised and updated text as well as a new chapter on Chinatown in the 1990s.

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