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10 of the best Chinatowns in the U.S.

By: Josh Lew on June 12, 2015, 3:55 p.m.
Chinese and Taiwanese American businesses

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A neighborhood in the Flushing area of Queens is an example of a newer brand of American Chinatowns. Unlike most historic Chinatowns, which were founded by Cantonese-speaking immigrants who came to the U.S. as laborers, Flushing's district was founded by people from Taiwan. Mandarin and Taiwanese-speaking immigrants from China and Taiwan chose this area instead of the already-established Chinatowns, which were dominated by Cantonese speakers (who they could not understand and generally did not trust).

Later waves of mainland Chinese and Taiwanese immigrants began settling in the Flushing Chinatown. Even today, many Chinese residents are from different dialect groups, but they are all able to speak Mandarin, the language of both mainland China and Taiwan. The growth of Queens Chinatown has been rapid, with other satellite communities springing up in the borough. Today over 200,000 Chinese Americans reside in Queens, more than any other borough in New York.