If you live in a major city in the USA, you probably have a Chinatown. Listen in and learn all about these unique cultural staples today.
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They awoke under the shortstop on Josh nurse Chuck in this short stuff giddy up. Let's go The little sailor sail on towards short now, yet China towns, and I found this to be very interesting because I love a good China, town or a good Japan, town ok or I lie down. I like ethnic groupings, a bill of Crete. to live near Koreatown in allaying actually, I was in little Armenia technically was my neighborhood, but I like groupings of ethnicities. I think it's cool get something that people might naturally do. But in the case of China towns it it's not only something that can help immigrants as they come into the country and did from the very beginning, but sadly the dark side,
Is there a necessity because of racial exclusion, yeah an end to protect themselves and seek refuge among their own big for many many years in this country. There was in some might say, there's anti asian by us. It continues today in the wake of covered, and by some might say I mean it's fairly obvious. What's going on very sadly, but for many many years in this country there was very much chinese immigrant feeling going on a lot of to do with you, no good, all of US Americans thought the journeys immigrants were taking their jobs and chinese immigrants. It did come to this We are now starting in the eighteen, hundreds and twenty five thousand chinese immigrants came in the eighteen fifties alone at its core. Bit. They were drawn to the United States, pretty understandably, because all of a sudden Morocco is the land of opportunity in the westward expansion was producing.
Of railroad jobs, there is a gold rush in California at the time. Patently the lumber mills in the lumber industry in the Pacific Northwest is really getting going, and so it attracted a tremendous amount of chinese people and at first I get the impression I think from this. Is this a house of works article you got indeed, it basically makes the point that you know at first, the influx of chinese immigrants in the mid nineteenth century were was tolerated if Just you know, if not welcome, they were if it was fine and then, as they serve to show up in greater and greater numbers faster and faster than the xenophobia really kicked in and, like you said they were, they were basically like you go over here and in you stay together, and this is a really good example of chinese immigrants. Making lemon chicken out of lemons and creating these really vibrant, really interesting com.
It is that almost like? Well, oh, can we come? Can we come eat over near in your little enclave that we for you guys to make? That's where those China towns came from? It's a pretty cool example of of of something good coming out of something bad. You know yeah. The first formally recognise Chinatown was in San Francisco and, was in the eighteen fifties, and it was called little can't on at the time, because most of the emigrants in that area at the time were from what was known as Canton in South Eastern China today I would say, goings out, but I'm sure that's wrong. What is wrong Joe? I look early. Yes, it's a new day and stuff. You should know history when our little hooking up pronunciation, in eighteen. Fifty three, I think, is worth when they first actually said. The word in a town in the newspaper, and it was about a twelve block area. Twenty two,
I was in chinese immigrants has so many people buy the end of the eighteen eighties and at the time because of the pay draw from eighteen seventy five that prevented chinese men I'm bringing their wives and kids. It was those ratio of twenty men to every woman in Chinatown because the single men only were coming over or men, let their families behind to come over right. So I mean twenty two one in twenty two thousand people living in in in August, San Francisco Chinatown in the eighteen eighty into twelve by industry, and only twenty two hundred of them were women. That's not stewed, but the young, as I guess America suited to ease its immigration laws, especially against the chinese immigrants after world war. Two
took quite awhile, and so finally, women, wives, stars mom started coming over and I get the impression that the character in the complexion of China, towns or in the United States started to change. They became a little more. family oriented yeah, and if you ve ever been to a China town. You have probably seen what is known as a pie. Fang, which is you know, those beautiful decorated gateway, arches, that sort of lead you into the district business districts are usually defined by a few too, If you'd, meanwhile, there's there's tons of Chinese on businesses, mislead. They very early on, were involved in shoemaking laundry service cigar production and they serve chinese people. They serve white people and in those days, organizations that serve the actual emigrants in Chinatown were broken down into social
innovations district in family organisations, which were further broken down into like what region. Basically, you came from and then what are known as tongs these are brotherhoods that they would provide housing and jobs or legal services for people just arriving into the community. Yet because I mean that was one of the greatest functions in first functions of China, town in the United States was too too. It was a place where, if you are a chinese immigrant, that's where you and the community would help take care of you right, which is its that's a pretty great thing to have. When you're newly arrived in a new country Anna, I think so too. Should we take a break at anchor the dark side yeah exactly it was tonight,
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that's what happened a lot in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century in Chinatown around the United States? Any time there is a problem, and it was blamed on chinese people, there was probably a violent attack on China towns. It does seem to be par for the course. Yeah. That was one in eighteen. Seventy one in LOS Angeles, where a white mob lynched, seven in chinese men and boys. And the governor of the time. John bigger said. You know I e that we need more restriction. on these chinese emigrants coming, and so it was that you know the local government was it do them any favours at all. I think and eighteen- He too is when the chinese Exclusion ACT was pass. It was called the chinese Exclusion ACT, for God's sake, Chuck and this is one of America's very first immigration like restrictive immigration laws, you're an idiot
basically said if you are already here- is a chinese immigrant you're not going to be able to become a unnaturalized citizen? You we're not gonna. Kick you output, don't count becoming an american and if you're not here, already stay out we're not getting any more chinese people into the country. That was the chinese Exclusion ACT of eighteen. Eighty two and like I was saying it was an until war war to that they started to relax those restrictions, so restrictions against chinese immigration were pretty tight. Fur about sixty years at least yeah knows a lot of you, no anti chinese journalism going on. I think they started to try and purposely spread the word and say that you know Chinatown you'd want to go to Chinatown if your white person and do business with them, it's there's not a crime. There, it's dirtied in disease there I think, during Bubonic plague pandemic of early twentyth century. They actually, I think, the China
and how will absolutely was actually destroyed and the one in San Francisco was totally cordoned yeah, and I mean, is as much of a target is China towns were. It was even worse for people who lived outside of China, towns like they were, even I guess easier to get out. There was no safety in numbers or anything like that right. So over time,. I think, like the violence, that anti asian violence of the early twentieth century subsided and It was a kind of like enforced threatened peace that kind of broke out and China towns kind of went to being like they went back to being like this exotic place, but a place where you could. You know, as a white person nor the nun Asian American could travel to and in good, you know, eat in the restaurants. Her
use the businesses that kind of thing by mid too late, twentieth century, yet either roughly fifty China towns in the United States today, most majors, these have a Chinatown Atlanta, doesn't have a Chinatown China town, but there we have an area in Atlanta four highway and justice. It's a street and this road, as is well known for just having a bunch of groups of ethnicities, sort, together said, though, be an area where there is a lot of chinese business. There's a chinese mall, some adjusts. Actually, whenever the other day to the north, China every and got like a hundred dumplings to go too far, the hissing gum you they actually so on. These are bonds and dumplings frozen, like not wholesale, but just bulk sure. So you know it's delicious
yeah and but all kinds of ethnic Caesar's. There's no philippine area. There's mexican area have not vietnamese food now man is just doing so that every year, if you ever to Atlanta, just sort of ask where Buford, how is in go eat the opt in and shot down at yeah. It's really ugly you're, not gonna, go wrong but not a true true Chinatown, like you would think of, unfortunately in Atlanta, but you know Portland Dc Honolulu, Seattle, scar, Philly Houston in New York. Obviously Houston Texas, as a Chinatown and now because of the judge vacations aware of these, towns or threatened. Obviously in cities like San Francisco, where everything is becoming gentrified China, towns are starting to shift to the south
a little more and Monterrey part. California was dubbed the first suburban Chinatown and became majority asian American in the nineteen nineties, yeah, which, as you know, I mean in for those residents who are staying A lot of the second generation or like I don't really want to live in the middle of the city any longer I wanna go, have a bigger house or whatever, like you, so they're moving to the suburbs, but for the ones who are staying like the cost of living in the city of sky high compared to the suburbs. I don't care what city you're in the arms? That's a big problem. Gentrification numb is forcing out the ones who do wanna stay and so there's a push among second and third and more generation chinese Americans to say hey. We need to make sure that these places are arguing detected culturally and am not. We keep the white people out or anything like that, but we need to make sure that they just don't get
were developed or anything like that. That day, they maintain their original character due to a large degree right at the very least, no tech brass. No none which is ironic that San Francisco Chinatown is still the most vibrant and flourishing Chinatown in the United States. Is the oh gee in its they'll, go and strong, yeah think Disease Chinatown. Only has three hundred Chinese people living there. Now you were actually thousand twenty fifteen. So unless sets and it may be even less yellow think a tenth of what it was. Nineteen, seventy near so visit Chinatown everyone, girl, Chinatown New York City and bring cash alot of these places. A dim some places will only take cash. That's my little travelled for you both and eat some dim Simon, subsumed dolphins, very nice, anything else. We got nothing else. We're gonna go eat some dim, some so short of that stuff. You should now is the protection of Iheart radio. From
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