June, 10, 2016 – CBC On the Coast (Audio: 53:04 – 1:05:33)
June, 11, 2016 – Edmonton Journal (Video + Article)
Dr. Donald Yung wears a T-shirt declaring his love of Calgary’s Chinatown at a Saturday conference in Edmonton looking at the future of Chinatowns in big cities. SHAUGHN BUTTS / POSTMEDIA
Lan Chan-Marples thinks Edmonton’s Chinatown can learn some lessons from Chicago.
More than 100 years ago, before the term “gentrification” existed, residents of the Illinois city’s Chinatown were displaced thanks to rising property values.
The neighbourhood relocated, but after a few decades, an interstate highway roared through and residents lost their only recreational facility.
The community spent the next 50 years trying to recover.
May 28, 2016 – Edmonton Sun
Chinatowns across North America started as gateways for immigrants and turned into thriving hubs for Asian food and culture.
But with rising rents, gentrification, declining resident populations and competition from suburban amenities, the future of many Chinatowns is looking increasingly uncertain.
An international conference coming to Edmonton will ask how to save North America’s Chinatowns.
“Our over-arching question is, ‘Will there be any Chinatowns in the future?” said conference organizer Lan Chan.
May, 13, 2016 – Chicago Tribune
One of the first things Chinese immigrant Sau Fung Lam did upon arriving in Chinatown 24 years ago was go to the local grocery store to try to buy an apple.
She approached the grocer and opened her mouth, as if the English words she didn’t know would, by some miracle, slip out. They didn’t. So she instead formed a circle with her fingers and thumbs, a gesture the grocer seemed to understand.
She was handed a large onion.
Since Lam moved from East China to Chicago in the early 1990s, Chinatown has flourished from a community that was partially Chinese where residents mostly spoke English into one where Lam can easily communicate in Chinese. Most businesses, restaurants and agencies operate bilingually, since the majority of residents speak a Chinese dialect, and nearly 65 percent are foreign-born, experts say.
2016-04-02 – 环球视野
Feb. 22, 2016 – NextCity
As gentrification and changing cultural preferences wipe out urban Chinatowns across the U.S., a model for survival is being proven in the heartland.
It is the kind of cold that burns the skin. But on a Tuesday morning in January, it’s bright and warm in the new branch library in Chicago’s Chinatown. Out the slim vertical windows, subway trains rush by on elevated tracks. Looking north, there is the illusion that the looming Willis Tower is close enough to touch.