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10 of the best Chinatowns in the U.S.

By: Josh Lew on June 12, 2015, 3:55 p.m.
#1 Pho in Cleveland's Asiatown

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Cleveland Asiatown

Cleveland did not see many Chinese immigrants until the end of World War II. (An 1890 census listed only 38 people of Chinese descent). However, once exclusion laws were repealed, the community grew, supported by clan organizations and business groups.

The area is now called Asiatown to include local Vietnamese and Korean people, who came and opened up businesses in the neighborhood in the 1960s and '70s. This is a characteristic of Chinatowns in smaller cities: the neighborhoods are not quite as divided along ethnic or linguistic lines as they are in larger cities. Another characteristic is that local workers and students (many of non-Asian descent) come to shop and eat in the neighborhood.