Introduction: Personal Geography
PART I. The Oldest: San Francisco
Chapter One: American Pagodas
Behind the tourist architecture.
Chapter Two: Alleyway Kids
How youth is reinvigorating the neighborhood.
Chapter Three: Chained Migration
Family ties pull a new generation through Chinatown Gate, but not without difficulty.
PART II. The Biggest: New York
Chapter Four: City Within A City
The industry of Chinatown changes New York.
Chapter Five: The New Chinese School
Learning to read, write, and live a heritage.
Chapter Six: Fortune Cookies
What the path of the folded wafers tells us about the movement of communities.
PART III. The Hollywood Icon: Los Angeles
Chapter Seven: Chinatownland
The longtime partnership between Hollywood and Chinatown.
Chapter Eight: Hometown Chinatown
In an increasingly disparate community, it’s where the kids hang out.
Chapter Nine: Preacher Man, Teacher Man
Neighborhood anchors for a new arrival.
PART IV. The Crossroads: Honolulu
Chapter Ten: Kapakahi Chinatown
Where “all mixed up” is the enduring story.
Chapter Eleven: Neighborhood Crossings
How a local boy became an accidental chef.
Chapter Twelve: History Lessons
Chinatown’s disenchanted generation, on preserving the past and building the future.
PART V. The Newest: Las Vegas
Chapter Thirteen: Chinatown, Next Exit
The man who invented a new breed of Chinatown.
Chapter Fourteen: Miss Chinatown, U.S.A.
Beauty queens and lion dancers in the desert.
Chapter Fifteen: The New Tenants
The new immigrant generation on the Strip.