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    • Chinatown parklet

As Rebuild promises $500 million to rehab rec centers, Chinatown asks: What about us?

Last month, you shared with us your pressing questions about Rebuild, Philadelphia's $500 million plan to rehab the city's parks, libraries and rec centers. More than 400 of you voted on which…

    • Buildings where Stateside and Black 'N Brew are located saw property tax assessments more than double for 2018. | Jared Brey for PlanPhilly

Property-tax hikes stir worries in East Passyunk, Chinatown, South Street District

Ever since the 2015 campaign, Mayor Jim Kenney has said that supporting commercial corridors is key to his vision for revitalizing the city’s neighborhoods. And while it hasn’t necessarily rolled out…

    • 8th and Race parking lot

Competing visions for ‘social impact’ development at 8th and Race

On Monday night, the battle lines formed around the last large undeveloped lot in Chinatown. The oceanic parking lot at 8th and Race, which also hosts a little used subway stop…

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ABOUT CHINATOWN

 

Chinatown is a neighborhood in Central Philadelphia. The area spans from Arch Street to Vine Street and from 8th Street to 11th Street. In the 1840s, Chinese immigrants came to the United States to escape the unstable politics and economic hardship of their country. The majority of these immigrants settled in cities like Philadelphia, where they encountered racism and oppression. Similar to other Chinatowns across the country, Philadelphia’s Chinatown began as a poor neighborhood where the Chinese immigrants gathered together. After the Japanese atrocities of the 1930s and the bombing of Pearl Harbor, American discrimination against the Chinese was transferred to the Japanese. This created opportunity for growth in Philadelphia’s Chinatown. More families arrived, churches and other cultural centers were established, and community organizations were founded. In the 1960s, buildings in Chinatown were torn down for construction of Market East, the Vine Street Expressway, and the Convention Center. This destruction prompted the “Save Chinatown” movement and inspired the creation of Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation. Today Chinatown is home for 10,000 Chinese, Japanese, Thai, and Vietnamese people who remain committed to their cultures and their city within a city.

RESOURCES

Philly China Town

Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania on Chinatown

Wikipedia on Chinatown

 

Chinatown is a neighborhood in Central Philadelphia. The area spans from Arch Street to Vine Street and from 8th Street to 11th Street. In the 1840s, Chinese immigrants came to the United States to escape the unstable politics and economic hardship of their country. The majority of these immigrants settled in cities like Philadelphia, where they encountered racism and oppression. Similar to other Chinatowns across the country, Philadelphia’s Chinatown began as a poor neighborhood where the Chinese immigrants gathered together. After the Japanese atrocities of the 1930s and the bombing of Pearl Harbor, American discrimination against the Chinese was transferred to the Japanese. This created opportunity for growth in Philadelphia’s Chinatown. More families arrived, churches and other cultural centers were established, and community organizations were founded. In the 1960s, buildings in Chinatown were torn down for construction of Market East, the Vine Street Expressway, and the Convention Center. This destruction prompted the “Save Chinatown” movement and inspired the creation of Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation. Today Chinatown is home for 10,000 Chinese, Japanese, Thai, and Vietnamese people who remain committed to their cultures and their city within a city.

RESOURCES

Philly China Town

Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania on Chinatown

Wikipedia on Chinatown

UPCOMING EVENTS IN CHINATOWN

  • Sep 23, 2017

Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival!!

12:30PM – 7:00PM
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