By Bernard P Wong, Tan Chee-Beng
The authors of Chinatowns around the globe: Gilded Ghetto, Ethnopolis, and Cultural Diaspora search to reveal the social truth of Chinatowns with empirical information whereas studying the altering nature and capabilities of Chinatowns in several nations worldwide.
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In other words, Chinatown represented a geographical articulation of a racial ideology to which the Chinese had to adapt. The adaptation in turn extended the life of racial domination and further structured the race-definition process. It is also for this reason that Kwong (1979; 1992) argues that the emergence of Chinatowns in America was not voluntary, since they were created only several decades after the Chinese arrived as a result of racial exclusion and not immediately after their initial arrival.
The term “Chinatown” was widely used in the 19th century in the media and public discourse, often with a negative and sometimes exotic connotation. Over time, the stereotypic symbols and racial mystics associated with “Chinatown” became entrenched in the ideology of white Canadians, and both the Europeans with the power to define the ideological meanings of Chinatown and the Chinese to whom those meanings were applied, came to accept the label as legitimate and proper. Despite the frequent image of Chinatown as a ghetto (Yuan 1963), many studies have shown that it had a high degree of social organization, not disorganization, as is evident in the complexity of the internal organization and the completeness of social institutions.
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