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Old October 21st, 2008, 08:37 AM   #81
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The traditional Chinatown is still a functional community, with an Old World feel to it. I don't think a theme park is an appropriate term. It's not merely a tourist trap.
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Old October 21st, 2008, 06:17 PM   #82
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I don't think it's anywhere close to a theme park either, but when Chinese people move out, and the businesses remain, an important element of Chinatown is removed. It may be sad to see Chinatown diminish in some regard due to the growth of newer Chinatowns elsewhere in the city, but that's just part of the fabric of a growing and diverse Toronto.

Little Italy is no longer as Italian as it once was. Traditional Jewish neighbourhoods aren't Jewish any more, Corktown isn't that Irish, and I imagine that the same thing will eventually happen to the Greek community on the Danforth, the Koreans in KoreaTown, and the South Asians in Little India.

Traditional Portuguese areas seem set to remain so for the foreseeable future.
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Old November 25th, 2008, 06:00 AM   #83
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I'm revising on my comment about the Chinatown gates in Toronto, seems like East Chinatown is getting one
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Old November 25th, 2008, 06:09 AM   #84
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There is a Chinatown in Shanghai.
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Old November 25th, 2008, 06:10 AM   #85
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Honestly, all the chinatowns that I have seen in this thread makes me think they are not a true functional chinatown but more of a tourist attraction. Thank god there is no gate in the Toronto chinatown, cause it just makes it more of a tourist destination. Also in my opinion the street lights in some of these chinatowns is just stupid.
Bearing in mind there is an inherent difference between a "Chinatown" and a real neighbourhood in China, I am curious what you would expect from a "true functional Chinatown"? Chinatown in Toronto is probably much less of a tourist attraction than you imagine, and has struck me as being highly functional.
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Old November 26th, 2008, 12:06 PM   #86
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San Fracisco and NYC chinatowns look great. London´s nice too but a bit small. If my memory serves me right though I think there used to be a chinatown in east London (Limehouse?) but it was flattened during WW2.
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Old November 26th, 2008, 05:05 PM   #87
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There is a Chinatown in Shanghai.
Weird isn't it?
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Old November 26th, 2008, 10:50 PM   #88
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OK, I'm confused now. Isn't Chinatown the reproduction of a Chinese community in a foreign land? Isn't all of China, a Chinatown?
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Old November 28th, 2008, 07:37 PM   #89
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The traditional Chinatown is still a functional community, with an Old World feel to it. I don't think a theme park is an appropriate term. It's not merely a tourist trap.
Penang's (Malaysia) chinatown would fit that description then.
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Old May 19th, 2010, 11:12 AM   #90
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Sharing a border with the decadent North Beach, San Francisco's Chinatown is the most fabulous and reputed to be the largest.

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Singapore definitely. Its the only city-state where overseas Chinese composes the majority of the population.
I am sorry but I think Singapore Chinatown is a joke...
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Old May 19th, 2010, 12:12 PM   #92
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#1. Manhattan Chinatown (one of the most populous Chinatowns outside of Asia)
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#2. Melbourne Chinatown (longest continuously running Chinatown outside of Asia)
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#3. San Francisco Chinatown (one of the largest Chinatowns in both North America and the world)
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nice. wherever you travel, chinatown is not far.
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Old May 21st, 2010, 07:58 PM   #94
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Old May 29th, 2010, 10:19 PM   #95
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The modest Chinatown of Milan (Italy)

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Good shot :hoho:
SF ChinaTown is so narrow and messy !

that poster looks cool!
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Old May 29th, 2010, 11:29 PM   #97
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China town in The Hague:
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It is probably one of the more artificial ones around. Because ethnic Chinese started opening shops from the 80's onward in what was before the 2nd World War a Jewish working class area the municipality decided to designate it as a China town. Recently two gates where added to mark the entrances to the area. The place is really small, the two gates are no further than 250 meters away from each other and the total town consist out of 4 or 5 small streets.
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Old May 30th, 2010, 08:43 PM   #98
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There is a Chinatown in Shanghai.
Are you referring to the Yuyuan area around the gardens? I don't think they consider that as a "Chinatown" -- more like a historic traditional neighborhood.
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Old May 31st, 2010, 06:59 PM   #99
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Chinatowns in Europe are really quite pathetic when compared to their counterparts in the Americas and Australia.
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Old June 3rd, 2010, 09:29 AM   #100
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We tend to have larger, and more established Chinese communities in America and Australia. Toronto counts over half a million Chinese. There are large Chinese communities in Vancouver and San Francisco as well.

What's European city has the largest Chinese population? I imagine it's London?
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