American Chinatown:
A People's History of Five Neighborhoods

by Bonnie Tsui

[March 19, 2010]


In American Chinatown, acclaimed travel writer Bonnie Tsui takes an affectionate, attentive look at the neighborhood that has bewitched her since childhood, when she eagerly awaited her grandfather’s return from the fortune cookie factory. This book examines the most famous American Chinatowns, in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Honolulu—fingers of land on the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, key entry points for multiple generations of Chinese immigrants to the United States—and, looking forward, explores what is quite possibly the next generation of U.S. Chinatowns, in Las Vegas. Using these neighborhoods as a map, American Chinatown deals with the persistently enigmatic idea of Chinatown by serving up narrative epics of its own: stories and personal profiles that reveal modern-day realities and chronicle unexpected details of life to which readers don’t normally have access.


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