Title: The force of regulation in the land of the free: the persistence of Chinatown, Washington DC as a symbolic ethnic enclave
Authors: Pang, Ching Lin
Rath, Jan
Issue Date: 2007
Publisher: Elsevier
Host Document: The sociology of entrepreneurship edition:1st pages:191-218
Abstract: Like many cosmopolitan cities, Washington DC has a Chinatown, a site of leisure and consumption, based on the commodification and marketing of ethno-cultural diversity. The succesful transformation of an ethnic precinct into a tourist attraction depends on the supportive economic and social infrastructure as well as on the flourishing of small businesses, commodifying ethnic features. For sure, this Chinatown does not represent the nodal point of a vibrant community. On the contrary it is articificially kept alive by city planners and a hadful of self-appointed Chinese spokespersons through its inclusion in DC's self-regulatory structures that strongly support and promote ethnic theming
ISBN: 978-0-7623-1433-1
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IHb
Appears in Collections:Interculturalism, Migration and Minorities Research Centre

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