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10 of the best Chinatowns in the U.S.

By: Josh Lew on June 12, 2015, 3:55 p.m.
Chinatown in New York City

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Little Chinas in big cities

Chinatowns have long been a part of America's largest cities. Some, such as the ones in San Francisco and New York City, date back more than 150 years. Though a few Chinatowns are still ethnic enclaves in the traditional sense, many have become tourist attractions and shopping destinations. Even though the descendants of these neighborhoods' founding residents have moved on, they often return to shop or gather to celebrate Chinese holidays.

America's Chinatowns have developed in ways that are very different from China's development. Some cultural traits that have long since disappeared in the "motherland" are an integral part of life in Chinatowns, while other practices and traditions were actually started by immigrants and have no real connection to China (or Hong Kong and Taiwan) at all.

Here are 10 examples of how Chinatowns have developed and changed in the U.S. (Text: Josh Lew)