Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Bonnie Tsui, journalist and author of American Chinatown: A People's History of Five Neighborhoods, discusses her book about Chinatowns around America.


Bonnie Tsui

Comments [8]

Maldo from Manhattan

Wow, you really let Ms. Tsui blatantly evade your question about the squalor of so many Chinatowns. I wish you had more spine and pursued the question, because it's a good one.

Aug. 11 2009 11:49 AM
Donald from Staten Island

I was wondering if Bonnie ever saw the indie film from the early 80's called "Chan Is Missing", which takes place in the S.F. China Town? And what she thinks of it?

Thank you.

Aug. 11 2009 11:49 AM
vito turso from 125 worth street

Chinatown is actually much cleaner today than it was in the last decade thanks to work by cleaners and litter basket monitoring from the local business improvement organization.

Aug. 11 2009 11:46 AM
Nick Angelo from Manhattan

I've noticed that many of the Chinatowns seem to spring up near "Italiantowns"... Little Italy in NYC and North Beach in SF. Is there some reason for this?

Aug. 11 2009 11:43 AM
Ro from SoHo

I live on the edge of the Manhattan Chinatown and love shopping for food and ingredients there. BUT why is it SO VERY dirty? I also know the London and other English city Chinatowns and they are clean.

This can't be a cultural phenomenon. Does NYC just ignor the usual rules of street, store and restaurant cleanliness?

Aug. 11 2009 11:42 AM
William from Manhattan

Do Chinatowns tend to be exclusively Han, or are they more ethnically diverse?

Aug. 11 2009 11:35 AM
Drew from Bronx

Can she explain the lower east side rezoning issue and how NYC Chinatown was compromised by being left out of it?

Aug. 11 2009 11:32 AM
George from Bay Ridge

Why did certain Chinatown emerge and thrive in certain places and struggle in others? Why is New York's Chinatown thriving and multiplying while, say, Washington D.C. is fading slowly?

What determined the location of Chinatowns? Real estate? Property? Location? Anything they have in common?

Will you talk about "snakeheads" and organized crime?

How are demographic changes affecting Chinatowns, specifically the Fujian immigrants?

Aug. 11 2009 06:48 AM

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