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US Chinatowns risk disappearance

A woman prepares food in Chinatown in London, England on Jan. 4.

Photo: Reuters

Faced with a proliferation of luxury housing and chain stores, America’s Chinatowns risk extinction as new immigrants are priced out of city centers, an advocacy group said on Oct. 9.

A study found that foreign-born residents have become a minority in the Chinatowns of New York, Boston and Philadelphia. The number of white residents has grown in all three neighborhoods since 1990 even as the white populations in all the cities as a whole declined.

“For many Asian Americans, Chinatown is an essential part of our heritage and history. But Chinatowns on the East Coast are on the verge of disappearing,” said the report by the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund.

The report did not assess the large Chinese American communities on the West Coast, although they have witnessed broadly similar trends with a Wal-Mart controversially opening in September in Los Angeles’ Chinatown.








1. extinction n.

滅絕 (mie4 jue2)

例: Apes are in danger of extinction.


2. price out v. phr.

被迫遷出;不符合行情價格 (bei4 po4 qian1 chu1; bu4 fu2 he2 hang2 qing2 jia4 ge2)

例: She is a very good actress, but her agent has priced her out of the market.


3. as a whole idiom

整體而論 (zheng2 ti3 er2 lun4)

例: Unemployment here is much higher than in the country as a whole.


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