Chinatown is an urban region containing a large population of Chinese people within a non-Chinese society.

The term Chinatown has also been used (mostly by non-Chinese) to describe urban areas where large numbers of people of Asian descent live and own small businesses, such as the Vietnamese, Japanese, Thais, and Koreans. Chinatowns are most common in Southeast Asia and North America, but growing Chinatowns can be found in Europe and Australia.

Chinatowns were formed in the 19th century in many areas of the United States and Canada as a result of discriminatory land laws which forbade the sale of any land to Chinese or restricted the land sales to a limited geographical area and which promoted the segregation of people of different ethnicities. The location of a Chinatown in a particular city may change or disappear over time.

Chinatowns were established in European port cities as Chinese traders settled down in the area.

Ref: 122365/2006-09-19

Chinatownis a term used (mostly by non-Chinese) to describe urban areas where large numbers of people of Asian descent live and own small businesses, such as the Vietnamese, Japanese, Thais, and Koreans. Chinatowns are most common in Southeast Asia and North America, but growing Chinatowns can be found in Europe and Australia. It is a generic name for an urban region containing a large population of Chinese within a non-Chinese society. Chinatowns are found especially frequent in Southeast Asia and North America.

Ref: 84635/2006-08-20


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