Gender and cultural segregation in San Francisco’s Chinatown Plaza

Authors: Yiwei Huang*, University of California
Topics: Urban Geography, Cultural Geography
Keywords: Everyday Life, culture, segregation, Chinatown
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 5:00 PM / 6:40 PM
Room: Madison A, Marriott, Mezzanine Level
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This paper investigates the gender and cultural segregation on Portsmouth Square in San Francisco Chinatown by examining the ways in which Chinese immigrants construct and negotiate their social dynamics and territoriality on an urban public open space. Behavior mapping, participant observation, and in-depth interviews are primary methods in this research. It reaffirms the statement that men and women have different preferences in open spaces as well as have different concepts of optimum open spaces experiences (Mozingo, 1989). It also argues the usage and segregation pattern on urban enclave’s plaza reflect the social dynamics of the whole Chinatown, and the cause of this gender and cultural segregation is related to the mainstream social values and lifestyles of their home country, family values, the embodiment of cultural philosophy in reality, and users’ personal values. Reference: Mozingo, L. (1989). Women and Downtown Open Spaces. Places, 6(1).

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