Chinatowns of the United States and Canada
Some of the Chinatowns in
the US date back to the Gold Rush, such as Portland's Chinatown which used to be
largest Chinatown in the US. They used to be an ethnic ghetto of Cantonese
speaking Chinese, many of whom descended from people who had been here since the
Gold Rush. There was a lot of Racism
Against Chinese in the United States. From riots with
hangings to anti-miscegenation laws. This has changes, with ethnic Chinese
overall make up changing with immigration to one largely from China that is
Mandarin speaking. There are many groups of ethnic Chinese, including
Taiwanese, Mainland Chinese, and overseas Chinese which gives Chinatowns a wide
range of restaurants to enjoy. From the old traditional Chinatowns such as
Boston, to the new Chinatowns found in Monterey Park and other cities. Many cities now have a Mall, such as Las Vegas and Atlanta with Chinese owned
businesses, that are also called Chinatowns.
Chinatown Youth Center
Los Angeles, California
Chinese Museum of Los Angeles is now open. www.camla.org
Chinese Historical Society of Southern California
ChinaTown in California (my definition is must have a Chinese Market,
such as 99 Market,
to qualify, so Walnut and San Marino did not). Chinese Markets are usually
surrounded by real Chinese restaurants.
Arcadia (great school districts)
- Diamond Bar
- Hacienda Heights
- Monterey Park
- Rowland Heights
- Temple City
If a city has a good school district, it usually has a high
Chinese and/or Korean population. See Monterey Park and Alhambra is not so much the school
district, but being close to Los Angeles without being in LAUSD. Monterey
Park and Alhambra are now for more recent immigrants and most Chinese have moved
out to areas with better school districts. City of Industry is also a
magnet for businesses and is surrounded by communities with a high proportion of
Chinese if there is a good school district. El Monte due to the cost of
land is attracting more Chinese, which is a huge change for the city.
Beverly Hills - Monterey Park, California (old article, now the Chinese have
moved to San Marino due to the school district)...
to do . Sacramento is the state Capital (actually California's
fourth). The Delta
outside Sacramento has had a Chinese community for over 150 years. A good
friend of my Father's grew up there. History
of Chinese in Sacremento.
San Diego, California
San Diego Chinese Historical Museum
San Francisco, California
Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco
(has ChinaTown Tours)
Angel Island -
The Ellis Island for the West Coast.
Chinese Historical Society of America Museum, San
Bay Area (General)- http://www.valleywalk.com/
Links on SF ChinaTown by local PBS Station KQED http://www.kqed.org/w/hood/chinatown/
360 Degree Tour of
Florida Chinatown on the Web, Miami
Chinatown Shopping Center
- Shopping Mall with Chinese businesses.
Honolulu, Hawaii -
Excellent web page!
Las Vegas, Nevada
A new ChinaTown
New York City, New York - There are actually at least three.
Flushing is a suburb, Brooklyn, and the original one in Manhatten.
MOCA - Museum of Chinese in the
Development has not been good to the Boston ChinaTown.
Chinatown Neighborhood Center
Article about it's Fight
for Survival from Asia Week
About.Com on Boston's
OklahomaOklahoma City. I need to ask my Brother-in-law about this one, he went to College around there. There was also a historical Chinatown here.
Oregon - Used to be the second largest Chinatown in the US, after San
1910. Very interesting history.
Classical Chinese Garden is very beautiful.
Austin - one of the Mall Chinatowns.
The old ChinaTown is being replaced by a new one.
ChinaTown with lots of local links to local businesses.
of Chinese Texans
Houston Chinese Association
Map to the "old" Chinatown
Map to the "new" Chinatown
Luke Asian Museum
- Seems to have been replaced largely by Rockville
Maryland's. On our trip to Washington DC, we did eat in Chinatown!
Chinese Cultural Centre -
Official page, Vancouver is
Canada's largest ChinaTown with a beautiful garden, the Dr.
Sun Yat-Sen Garden
Another page - http://www.vancouver-chinatown.com/
Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Vancouver
Chinese Cultural Centre - Vancouver
(604) 658-8865 Fax (604) 687-6260 www.cccvan.com
Chinese Cultural &
Community Centre - Winnipeg
References and Misc. Articles:
on Rural ChinaTown near Sacramento (Locke)
Chinese in Utah Article
Useful reference site - http://www.huaren.org/
- Article on ChinaTown
Maps to ChinaTowns in The US using Expedia. Go to this page, then enter China Town, results
I was doing my annual list of Chinese New Year
Events and could not find a page of ChinaTowns in the US so I created this.
The plan is list the official page for the ChinaTown,
and any other interesting links like local historical associations, Chinese Museums, local
Chinese Restaurants, etc..