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EthnoburbThe New Ethnic Community in Urban America$
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Wei Li

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780824830656

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824830656.001.0001

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Building Ethnoburbia

Building Ethnoburbia

(p.79) 4 Building Ethnoburbia

Wei Li

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter focuses on the emergence of the Chinese ethnoburb as a new type of ethnic settlement in San Gabriel Valley and how it surpassed Chinatown as the center of Chinese residential, commercial, and community life in the Los Angeles area. It begins with a discussion of the three main stages in ethnoburb formation: emergence of suburban Chinese residential concentration area (1960–1975); expansion of the ethnoburb's Chinese population and ethnic economy (1975–1990); and establishment of the ethnoburb as a global outpost and racialized place (1990–present). It then considers various efforts aimed at fostering racial harmony and ethnic diversity in the San Gabriel Valley ethnoburb, including initiatives such as Harmony Week and Community Roundtable discussions, along with the promotion of multiculturalism and Chinese cultural heritage.

Keywords:   ethnic settlement, Chinese ethnoburb, San Gabriel Valley, Chinatown, Los Angeles, ethnic economy, racial harmony, ethnic diversity, multiculturalism

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