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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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Wei Li

University of Hawai'i Press

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.

Keywords:   ethnoburb, Chinese community, Greater Los Angeles, Chinatown, San Gabriel Valley, ethnic settlement, economic globalization, immigration policy, ghetto, ethnic enclave

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