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Ethnic Renewal in Philadelphia's Chinatown: Space, Place, and Struggle (Urban Life, Landscape and Policy) (Paperback)

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Philadelphia’s Chinatown, like many urban chinatowns, began in the late nineteenth century as a refuge for immigrant laborers and merchants in which to form a community to raise families and conduct business. But this enclave for expression, identity, and community is also the embodiment of historical legacies and personal and collective memories.
 
In Ethnic Renewal in Philadelphia’s Chinatown. Kathryn Wilson charts the unique history of this neighborhood. After 1945, a new generation of families began to shape Chinatown’s future. As plans for urban renewal—ranging from a cross-town expressway and commuter rail in the 1960s to a downtown baseball stadium in 2000—were proposed and developed, “Save Chinatown” activists rose up and fought for social justice.
 
Wilson chronicles the community’s efforts to save and renew itself through urban planning, territorial claims, and culturally specific rebuilding. She shows how these efforts led to Chinatown’s growth and its continued ability to serve as a living community for subsequent waves of new immigration.  

About the Author


Kathryn E. Wilson is Associate Professor of History at Georgia State University.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781439912157
ISBN-10: 1439912157
Publisher: Temple University Press
Publication Date: April 10th, 2015
Pages: 278
Language: English
Series: Urban Life, Landscape and Policy