The New Chinatown

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Newspapers today are filled with stories of corruption and strife in America's Chinatowns, reversing the popular view of Chinese Americans as a model minority of law-abiding, hard-working people whose diligent children end up in high-tech jobs. In The New Chinatown, Peter Kwong goes beyond the headlines in a compelling and detailed account of the political and cultural isolation of Chinese-American communities. This new edition offers a revised...

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Overview

Newspapers today are filled with stories of corruption and strife in America's Chinatowns, reversing the popular view of Chinese Americans as a model minority of law-abiding, hard-working people whose diligent children end up in high-tech jobs. In The New Chinatown, Peter Kwong goes beyond the headlines in a compelling and detailed account of the political and cultural isolation of Chinese-American communities. This new edition offers a revised and updated text as well as a new chapter on Chinatown in the 1990s.

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Peter Kwong's informed and up-to-date socio-historical study of modern Chinese communities in the United States-and their continuing isolation and disenfranchisement-offers a "slendid antidote to the consistent misrepresentation of Chinese-American life in the press and in scholarly writings. This important book breaks through the myth of the 'model minority' to reveal the character of Chinatown's economic boom, the new sources of conflict and domination it has created, and the recent struggles of the community's workers and political activists." --David Montgomery, Yale University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780809015856
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 7/30/1996
  • Series: Noonday Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition, Revised Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 210
  • Sales rank: 605,700
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Kwong, director of the Asian American Studies Program at Hunter College, is a Chinatown activist and the author of Chinatown, New York: Labor and Politics, 1930-1950.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 3
1 The Old Chinatown Ghettos 11
2 Economic Boom in New York's Chinatown 25
3 The Woes of Foreign Capital 43
4 A Model Minority Community? 57
5 Chinatown's Informal Political Structure 81
6 Tongs, Gangs, and the Godfather 107
7 The Community and Government Institutions 124
8 The Chinese and the American Labor Unions 137
9 Grass-Roots Organizing and Coalition Building 160
10 Unwelcome Newcomers: Chinatown in the 1990s 174
Conclusion 202
Notes 206
Bibliography 213
Index 221
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