This book focuses on the emergence of a new model of contemporary urban ethnic community: the ethnoburb. Drawing on the experience of the Chinese community in Greater Los Angeles, from downtown Chinatown to the San Gabriel Valley ethnoburb, it examines the process and forces that gave rise to multiethnic ethnoburbs in the latter half of the twentieth century. It considers how the ethnoburb, as a form of urban ethnic settlement, has been formed by the interplay among economic globalization, political struggles between and within nation-states, immigration policy shifts in the United States, and a host of local conditions. The book consists of three parts. Part 1 introduces the ethnoburb model and compares the ethnoburb with traditional ghettos and ethnic enclaves. Part 2 looks at the Chinese ethnoburb in Los Angeles and Part 3 assesses the future of the Los Angeles ethnoburb, similar ethnoburbs in other major North American metropolitan areas, and the opportunities and challenges posed by ethnoburbs.
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