Chinatown’s Expansion in Post-Industrial Chicago

Authors: Reuben Allen*, Ball State University
Topics: Ethnic Geography, Urban Geography, Ethnicity and Race
Keywords: Chinatown, Chicago, Urban
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 1:10 PM / 2:50 PM
Room: 8229, Park Tower Suites, Marriott, Lobby Level
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While older Chinatowns in major U.S. metropolitan areas have experienced decades of spatial contraction, Chicago’s has substantially expanded in part because of the availability of derelict industrial land. This paper examines population growth over the past 40 years followed by an analysis of changing socioeconomic characteristics. This includes an examination of whether Chinatown's residents are native-born or immigrants. The data suggest that Chicago's post-industrial urban dynamics have engendered a spatial core and periphery within its Chinatown that is based on socioeconomic differences in age, occupation, income, and education.

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