Emerging Ethnoburbs in the World Technology Center? Evidence from the Thirty-years of Neighborhood Change in the San Francisco Bay Area

Authors: Yue Zhang*, Arizona State University
Topics: Ethnic Geography, Urban Geography, Urban and Regional Planning
Keywords: Neighborhood Change, Immigrant Communities, Ethnoburbs, High-tech Workers
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/7/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM
Room: Palladian, Omni, West
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Silicon Valley has attracted a tremendous amount of talented immigrant workers and entrepreneurs around the world over the past fifty years. Rapid transformation in the neighborhood composition calls for a reassessment of theories on how neighborhoods change in emerging highly-skilled immigrant communities. This paper builds upon neighborhood classification methods and examines the longitudinal dynamics of immigrant communities according to their demographic, socioeconomic, housing characteristics, and geographic distribution in the San Francisco Bay area from 1980 to 2016. The findings will reveal how highly-skilled immigrant communities evolve comparing to other types of neighborhoods in Silicon Valley and whether they are ethnoburbs (Li, 1998b, 1998a) where resides a notable cluster of a particular ethnic minority population in suburban areas.

Li, W. (1998a). Anatomy of a New Ethnic Settlement: The Chinese Ethnoburb in Los Angeles. Urban Studies, 35(3), 479–501. https://doi.org/10.1080/0042098984871
Li, W. (1998b). Los Angeles’s Chinese Ethnoburb: From Ethnic Service Center To Global Economy Outpost. Urban Geography, 19(6), 502–517. https://doi.org/10.2747/0272-3638.19.6.502

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