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US Chinatowns risk disappearance
美國唐人街面臨消失危機

A woman prepares food in Chinatown in London, England on Jan. 4.
一名女子一月四日在英國倫敦唐人街準備食材。

Photo: Reuters
照片:路透

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.

(AFP)

高級住宅與無孔不入的連鎖店,使得美國的唐人街隨著新移民因房價過高,而被迫離開市中心,面臨滅絕危機,一個倡議團體十月九日表示。

一份研究發現,海外出生的居民已成為紐約、波士頓與費城唐人街的少數族群。即便這三大城市的白人人口整體而言逐漸減少,但在這三大城唐人街的白人居民數量,卻從ㄧ九九0年起有所成長。

「對許多亞裔美國人而言,唐人街是我們的傳承與歷史的重要一環。但(美國)東岸的唐人街已瀕臨消失危機」,這份「亞裔美國人法律辯護與教育基金」的報告指出。

儘管美國西岸的唐人街也出現類似趨勢,如威名百貨一家分店九月份在爭議聲中於洛杉磯唐人街開幕,該報告並未對西岸的大型華裔美國人社區進行評估。

(法新社/翻譯:張沛元)

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

1. extinction n.

滅絕 (mie4 jue2)

例: Apes are in danger of extinction.

(猿類正處於絕種的危險之中。)

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.

(她是一名好演員,但經紀人開價太高,讓她有行無市。)

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.

(本地的失業率遠高於全國各地。)


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