Chinatown

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Did you Know?

  • Chinatown's foundation, as the census map acknowledges, lies in its people, and when we set out to collect maps of Chinatown, we wanted maps from people in Chinatown.
  • Chinatown became established in the mid 1800s when there was a large boom in Chinese immigration to the United States.
  • Tourists are frequently surprised by its sudden appearance as on turning a corner of one of Chinatown's busy narrow streets, this initially incongruous edifice confronts them.
  • Speaking of the famous doctor himself, one should not visit Chinatown and missed out the delightful Dr. Sun Yat Sen Classical Chinese Garden which is tucked away at the rear of the Chinese Cultural Centre.
  • Yokohama Chinatown quickly developed, after the port of Yokohama had been one of the first Japanese ports to be opened to foreign trade in 1859.
  • Early Chinatown was populated primarily by men, so it was called a "Bachelor Society." It was a world without women, though many men were married with families in China.
  • Nowadays, many old and new Chinatowns are considered viable centers of commercialism and tourism; some of them also serve, in various degrees, as centers of multiculturalism (espoused in Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom) and "racial harmony" (especially in Malaysia and Singapore).
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