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The Resource Chinatown : the socioeconomic potential of an urban enclave, Min Zhou ; foreword by Alejandro Portes

Chinatown : the socioeconomic potential of an urban enclave, Min Zhou ; foreword by Alejandro Portes

Label
Chinatown : the socioeconomic potential of an urban enclave
Title
Chinatown
Title remainder
the socioeconomic potential of an urban enclave
Statement of responsibility
Min Zhou ; foreword by Alejandro Portes
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In Chinatown, Min Zhou examines how an ethnic enclave works to direct its members into American society, while at the same time shielding them from it. Focusing specifically on New York's Chinatown, a community established more than a century ago, Zhou offers a thorough and modern treatment of the immigrant enclave as a socioeconomic system, distinct from, but intrinsically linked with, the larger society. It is difficult for Americans to understand the Chinese experience in Chinatown: while it is located in New York City and many other American cities, this exotic and even forbidding world is really many worlds away. Some view the immigrant enclave as a place where newcomers--naive, ignorant of labor rights, and with language barriers--are mercilessly exploited by fellow Chinese. Zhou's central theme is that Chinatown does not keep immigrant Chinese from assimilating into mainstream society, but instead provides an alternative means of incorporation into society that does not conflict with cultural distinctiveness. In his Foreword, Alejandro Portes observes that this "may exploit some but ... gives others their only chance of someday launching their own enterprises." Concentrating on the past two decades, Zhou maintains that community networks and social capital are important resources for reaching socioeconomic goals and social position in the United States; in Chinatown, ethnic employers use family ties and ethnic resources to advance socially. Chinese employees have access to employment opportunities in Chinatown that they would otherwise lack because of language difficulties, mismatched skills, and undervalued educational credentials. Zhou demonstrates that for many immigrants, low-paid menial jobs provided by the enclave are expected as a part of the time-honored path to upward social mobility of the family. Relying on her family's networks in New York's Chinatown and her fluency in both Cantonese and Mandarin, the author, who was born in the People's Republic of China, makes extensive use of personal interviews to present a rich picture of the daily work life in the community
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Cataloging source
N$T
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1956-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Zhou, Min
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
Conflicts in urban and regional development
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Chinese Americans
  • Chinatown (New York, N.Y.)
  • New York (N.Y.)
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • Chinese Americans
  • Economic history
  • New York (State)
  • New York (State)
  • Wirtschaft
  • Soziale Situation
  • Chinatown
  • New York- Chinatown
  • USA
Label
Chinatown : the socioeconomic potential of an urban enclave, Min Zhou ; foreword by Alejandro Portes
Instantiates
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 251-263) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
List of Figures; List of Tables; Foreword; Preface; Acknowledgments; 1. Introduction; 2. Memories of Sojourning; 3. Changes in Recent Chinese Immigration; 4. Uprooted: The New Arrivals; 5. The Rise of the Economic Enclave; 6. The Ethnic Labor Force and Its Labor Market Experience; 7. The Other Half of the Sky: Socioeconomic Adaptation of Immigrant Women; 8. Residential Mobility and Ethnic Segregation; 9. Conclusion: Rising Out of Chinatown; Notes; References; Index
Control code
ocn646066428
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xxiv, 275 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781439904176
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt141q08r
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)646066428
Label
Chinatown : the socioeconomic potential of an urban enclave, Min Zhou ; foreword by Alejandro Portes
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 251-263) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
List of Figures; List of Tables; Foreword; Preface; Acknowledgments; 1. Introduction; 2. Memories of Sojourning; 3. Changes in Recent Chinese Immigration; 4. Uprooted: The New Arrivals; 5. The Rise of the Economic Enclave; 6. The Ethnic Labor Force and Its Labor Market Experience; 7. The Other Half of the Sky: Socioeconomic Adaptation of Immigrant Women; 8. Residential Mobility and Ethnic Segregation; 9. Conclusion: Rising Out of Chinatown; Notes; References; Index
Control code
ocn646066428
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xxiv, 275 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781439904176
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt141q08r
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)646066428

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