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10 of the best Chinatowns in the U.S.

By: Josh Lew on June 12, 2015, 3:55 p.m.
The entrance to the Chinatown in Los Angeles

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Los Angeles

LA's original Chinatown was established in the 19th century. Overrun by opium houses and brothels, it was condemned and eventually demolished to make room for the city's Union Station. "New Chinatown" was established in the 1930s. It remains a largely Chinese area to this day, though it is quite a bit more diverse than many of the other U.S. Chinatowns. Of all the neighborhoods in Los Angeles, New Chinatown has the highest immigrant population (based on the percentage of residents who were born outside the U.S.). A vast majority of the population is made up of Asian (not necessarily Chinese) and Latin American people.

Many of the descendants of the original Chinatown residents have moved on. Second- and third-generation Chinese Americans relocated en masse to more-suburban enclaves. Interestingly, some of these suburbs have as many Chinese-run businesses as Chinatown.