Immigrant Gateways: Chinatowns

What You'll Learn

  • Understand the role and challenges of Chinatowns and immigrant communities in city revitalization.
  • Understand the importance of expanding the concept of Chinatowns and immigrant communities beyond tourist destinations.
  • Collect tools for encouraging socioeconomic diversity in revitalizing cities.

More Course Details

Historic Chinatowns are valuable cultural and economic assets in major cities such as San Francisco, Oakland, and Philadelphia. But Chinatowns across the country face increasing development pressure and a fight for survival as viable places for immigrants to live and work.

This course explores the challenges historic Chinatowns face and expands the concept of Chinatown as more than a commercial district and tourist destination. Speakers share their experiences with the evolving roles of Chinatowns, real estate pressures contributing to the displacement of residents and businesses, and strategies for change without displacement.

Speakers make a case for change that recognizes growth and diversification, celebrates the heritage and culture of Chinatowns, and prioritizes the needs of the most vulnerable populations, especially the need for affordable housing and jobs. Learn about the role of central historic Chinatowns vis-à-vis satellite communities within the larger context of urban-suburban transformation as affluent and working-class populations switch places.