blandification gentrification threatens China’s ancient heritage sites, increasing numbers of luxury housing and chain stores in US cities are encroaching upon one of its historic institutions; Chinatown, SMCP reports:
“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,” says the report by the Asian American Legal Defence and Education Fund.
Gentrification is a highly controversial force in many large cities of the United States, with advocates pointing to benefits that include expanding tax bases and, in some cases, reducing crime.
Throughout US history, immigrant groups have gradually dispersed from concentrated neighbourhoods. Some of the Greektowns and Little Italys that once dotted US cities are now barely distinguishable from surrounding areas.
But the Asian American Legal Defence and Education Fund argues that Chinatowns hold historical and cultural significance worthy of preservation and offered unique benefits to immigrants in terms of housing, food and employment.