“为何芝加哥唐人街能在全美华埠中脱颖而出?”

2016-05-14 – 芝加哥侨报週末

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  (侨报记者萧芸芝加哥编译报导)美国知名华埠如纽约、旧金山、波士顿和费城皆因贵族化(Gentrification)和文化转移等因素,而造成人口萎缩,但芝加哥唐人街不但没有凋零,且反其道而行,从1912年起,华埠範围从永活街和舍麦街不断向外扩张,不但是全美各大唐人街面临窘境下的一个罕见例外,而且专家们认为,芝加哥未来将成为全美中国城的模範。

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“Here’s why Chicago’s Chinatown is booming, even as others across the U.S. fade”

May, 13, 2016 – Chicago Tribune

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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.

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