“Why the Philadelphia Public History Truck’s latest exhibit examines displacement in Chinatown”

June, 21, 2016 – Geneoricty

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Within an hour’s time on a recent Friday afternoon, five people visited the tiny, constructed room nestled in the rear of Asian Arts Initiative to collect socks, water bottles, deodorant and tampons.

The room on the 1200 block of Pearl Street was filled with artifacts of Chinatown past; photographs of old buildings decorated the walls, and a documentary from the 1970s showing residents protesting the construction of the Vine Street Expressway played on loop in the corner.

The toiletries and surrounding items do connect: According to artist Erin Bernard, they both relate to the theme of displacement in the Chinatown neighborhood. It’s why she brought them together for the Philadelphia Public History Truck’s latest exhibit, “A Houseless Museum: Home and Displacement Around the Vine Street Expressway.”

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“費城華埠貴族化 影響新移民居住權“

2016-06-13 – 星島日報

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本報費城訊:全國亞太裔社區發展聯盟(National CAPACD)連同夏威夷原住民促進委員會日前發布了《我們的社區:美籍華人及太平洋島居民反遷移戰略》報告。費城華埠發展會(PCDC)的職員楊星兒在啟動儀式上代表費城華埠發言,闡述了社區貴族化的早期影響。

楊小姐看到,費城華埠一直為英語程度有限的新移民提供獨特的機會,但這片天堂正被經濟承受力問題所威脅。很多亞太裔(AAPI)社區,包括費城華埠在內,都處在高消費城市中,緊鄰城中心,要面對不斷上漲的租金及土地價值問題。盡管費城的變化是循序漸進的,但楊小姐也說到「在這個灸手可熱的市場裏,當我們開始用全新的思維方式適應這個地方,我們開始意識到貴族化對民族聚居地的真正傷害,並不會在地面正面臨遷移危機時爆發,然而,它的危害在於這個地區被潛移默化地改變,在這下充滿機遇的地方慢慢豎起了一道抵擋新居民的緊閉大門」。

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“Space is the place: The history of Philadelphia’s Chinatown”

May, 17, 2016 – News Works

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Despite encroachments by big development projects such as the Vine Street Expressway and the Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia’s Chinatown has maintained a sense of history and community for more than a century.

But it occupies a tightly confined space in Center City, which has forced new immigrants to settle elsewhere in the region.

“Even if people aren’t settling directly in Chinatown, it’s still the heart — the cultural heart and the symbolic heart — of the community,” said historian Kathryn Wilson. She gained an intimate knowledge of the Chinatown community during her years with the Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

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“美華裔新移民選擇住郊外 昔日中國城漸消失”

2016-05-20 – 大紀元

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【大紀元2016年05月20日訊】(大紀元記者梁硯編譯報導)到訪紐約、舊金山或費城這些美國大都市的旅遊者,常會來中國城小坐片刻,嚐嚐那裡的小吃或珍珠茶。這裡也是昔日移居美國的華人,安身立命或尋找鄉情的地方。近二十年來,隨著高收入、高學歷華人移民漸成主流,破舊擁擠的老式中國城正在消失,郊外新興中國城逐漸成為新視野。

據大西洋新聞網18日報導,隨美國華人移民中,高技能、高收入者越來越多,坐落在市中心的老中國城越來越形單影孤。據美國人口統計數據,如今許多中國移民來到美國後,直接選擇在占地寬敞、空氣優質的郊外購房居家,根本不在意中國城可能在語言和食品選擇上為自己帶來的些許便利。他們說,更樂見為自己的孩子找到好學區,也更喜歡郊外舒適的生活環境。

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“Edmonton conference asks how to save North America’s Chinatowns”

May 28, 2016 – Edmonton Sun

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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.

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“Chinatown has had to fight to survive”

May, 15, 2016 – Philly.com

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With the recent 100th anniversary of the birth of preservationist Jane Jacobs, consider the history of one of the city’s most iconic neighborhoods: Chinatown.

Philadelphia is connected to one of the earliest instances of Sino-American relations. The 1784 journey of the ginseng-laden Empress of China to Canton (present-day Guangzhou) – the United States’ first successful voyage to insular imperial China – was financed primarily by Philadelphian Robert Morris.

The beginning of the city’s Chinatown is often traced to the early 1870s, with the opening of Lee Fong’s laundry on Race Street’s 900 block. Fong, like many Chinese, fled the Sinophobia coursing through the American West.

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