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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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From Ethnic Service Center to Global Economic Outpost

From Ethnic Service Center to Global Economic Outpost

(p.100) 5 From Ethnic Service Center to Global Economic Outpost

Wei Li

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter focuses on the evolution of the Chinese ethnoburb from an ethnic service center to a global economic outpost in Los Angeles. It first considers the increase in demand for an ethnic economy to fulfill consumer needs along with the growth of the Chinese population after the late 1970s, with particular emphasis on the proliferation of Chinese businesses such as banks and other financial institutions in Los Angeles. It then examines the transformation of the ethnoburb into a global economic outpost and the continuous expansion of the ethnoburb as an ethnic service center. It also discusses the ways that the ethnoburb added a layer of ethnic economy to the local mainstream economy and helped attract international capital investment. Finally, it explores internal differences among ethnoburban communities as well as the role of the ethnic economy in community development.

Keywords:   ethnic service center, Chinese ethnoburb, economic outpost, Los Angeles, ethnic economy, Chinese businesses, international capital investment, ethnoburban communities, community development

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