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The existential threats faced by Chinatown
Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Patrick Kerkstra meditates on Chinatown’s future.

In Havana’s Chinatown, rare droplets of freedom
On one freewheeling street in Havana’s Chinatown, privately run restaurants offer chow mein and mojitos, and Chinese exchange students belt out karaoke.

The Old Neighborhood
A terrific interview with author Richard Price of Lush Life, on the rich ethnic tapestry of the Lower East Side and Chinatown.

Girl in Translation
An absorbing new novel about a girl who immigrates to New York’s Chinatown, by Jean Kwok.

Chinese Americans Look to Homeland
Opportunities lure some back to China.

Art in Storefronts Launches in Chinatown
Multimedia projects enliven the San Francisco neighborhood.

Military a Portal for Chinese-Americans, a Divide for Their Families
For many vets, military experience was the only channel to enter or advance within mainstream society.

Cleveland’s Chinatown Sees a Renaissance
Cleveland has been home to a Chinatown for nearly 100 years, and today’s AsiaTown is a hit.

Attacks on Asians Highlight New Racial Tensions
Escalated attacks on elderly Asians alarm local San Francisco leaders.

Around Town With Chicago Chinatown Resident Ryan Hu
A 22-year-old local talks about the neighborhood.

A World’s Fair Great Wall in China Portrays the Chinese in America
Seventy million people are expected to visit the Shanghai World Expo, and 10,000 Chinese Americans will be a virtual part of it.

Driving the Census in New York’s Chinatown
Tying the increasing awareness of political power in the Chinese community with the census has become a major strategy here.

Project Mah Jongg
Jews and the mah-jongg experience.

Home Before He Knew He Was Pardoned
David Paterson Pardons Qing Hong Wu.

The Judge and the Immigrant, 15 Years Later
As he promised Judge Michael Corriero, former juvenile offender Qing Hong Wu turned his life around, but now faces deportation.

From Far East to American West
Christopher Corbett’s The Poker Bride tells the story of Polly Bernis, one of the first Chinese to arrive in the American West.

From Exclusion to Inclusion, A Century Later
100 people become naturalized U.S. citizens on the 100th anniversary of Angel Island Immigration Station.

Foreign Languages Fade in Class — Except Chinese
Chinese will likely overtake German this year as the third most-tested A.P. language, behind Spanish and French.

A Day in the Life of a Chinatown Family
Three generations of Mos live in SROs within a block of each other in San Francisco.

New York’s Chinatown Elects Its First Chinese-American Representative to City Council
Margaret Chin wins in a landslide victory.

Mandarin Classes Outnumber Cantonese
The soundscape of Chinatown shifts again.

Presenting the Oakland Chinatown Oral History Project
The Oakland Asian Cultural Center opens its Chinatown Memory Map to the public.

Professor Peter Kwong Answers Questions About the Gentrification of Chinatown
Kwong discusses New York’s Chinatown and its viability as a living, working neighborhood today.

A Neon History of the Chop Suey Restaurant
Photographer Rick Wong has been documenting the distinctive gaudy neon signage of this slice of Chinese Americana for more than 15 years.

Invisible Immigrants, Old and Left with “Nobody to Talk To”
The elderly now make up America’s fastest-growing immigrant group.

A Visual Tour of SRO Living in San Francisco’s Chinatown
Yanfen Liu has lived in an 8×10-foot single-room occupancy hotel room for 14 years, raising her daughter there. More than 400 residents today live in similar circumstances.

The Museum of Chinese in America’s Opening Exhibit
The new location of MOCA will officially open September 22.

Cantonese Boy
Only Won and Larissa Lam create an autobiographical spin on the Grammy-winning song, “American Boy,” by Estelle featuring Kanye West.

“English Cafe” a Doorway for Immigrants to Venture Outside Chinatown
Chinese immigrants in Toronto get beyond the cultural “glass wall” with friendly native English-speaking volunteers.

Have Food, Will Travel
Writer and cook Leonard Shek has been in the restaurant business since childhood and is working on a film about food, family, and his travels to Guangdong Province.

Aging Immigrant Associations Seek New Life
Longtime immigrant associations, from Italian to Cuban, Irish to Chinese, are trying to attract younger members to survive.

New Home for Chinese Experience in America
I’ll be reading at this newly expanded, newly relocated Museum of Chinese in America, designed by Maya Lin, on September 14.

Chinatown a Playground of “Oriental” Stereotypes

Writer Ann Hui says Victoria’s Chinatown is an exercise in ethnic amusement, where stereotypes of all things “Oriental” are bought and sold.

When Slumming Was the Thing to Do
The beginning of an entertainment phenomenon that lasted decades: well-off white New Yorkers exploring black, Chinese, gay or poor working-class communities.

Chef Chris Cheung Always Heads Back to Chinatown
Chris Cheung, executive chef of East Village restaurant China 1, was raised in Chinatown and describes himself as “fixated on Northern Chinese cuisine with an American sensibility.”

Patrick Radden Keefe Continues the Tale of Sister Ping
Check out Keefe’s terrific new book, The Snakehead: An Epic Tale of the Chinatown Underworld and the American Dream.

America’s Chinatown Voices
This summer, artists Nathalie Pham and Avani Patel created a communal installation in New York’s Columbus Park, where neighborhood residents can add their own thoughts or doodles.

MOCA NYC Presents the Chinatown Film Project
Check out the Museum of Chinese in America’s fantastic short film project on Chinatowns the world over.

Wish Chinatown A Happy 71st Birthday
Los Angeles’ New Chinatown celebrates its 71st year with a festival and a look back at how the district came to be.

Steve Nash Gathers Soccer Legends for the 2009 “Showdown in Chinatown”
NBA superstar Steve Nash brings together the world’s best soccer and basketball players on one New York pitch to benefit Athletes for Africa and Football for Good.

Him Mark Lai Dies at 83; Scholar Was Called Dean of Chinese American Studies
Along with friend and colleague Philip Choy, Him Mark Lai taught the first university-level course on Chinese American history in 1969 at San Francisco State.

Mayor Sinks “Shrimp Boy” Market
San Francisco mayor kills Chinatown night market after ex-gangster Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow offers to run it.

For Lisa See, Los Angeles’ Chinatown Was Always Like Stepping into Her Past
Author Lisa See talks about her new book, Shanghai Girls.

One in 8 Million

The New York Times spotlights the extraordinary lives of ordinary New Yorkers.

A Look at Hollywood’s China Syndrome

A review of Arthur Dong’s wonderful documentary, Hollywood Chinese.

Speaking in Tongues: A Documentary

This documentary follows a handful of San Francisco students as they make their way through second-language immersion classes.

Ni Hao. My Name Is Gillibrand, but Feel Free to Call Me Senator Lu

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York wows Chinatown.