Published Online: 4 FEB 2013
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The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration
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Zhang, K. Q. 2013. Chinatowns. The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration.
- Published Online: 4 FEB 2013
A Chinatown is a neighborhood outside mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan that has historically been a place of residence for overseas Chinese and a center of distinctly Chinese business, social, and cultural activities. Chinatowns are known literally as Tang people's street (Tong Yun Gai) in Cantonese. Chinatowns also have different names for Minnan, Teochew, or Fujianese groups, but the Cantonese Tong Yun Gai (Pinyin táng rén ji) is the most widely accepted term to refer to Chinatowns. The Cantonese people are a dominant subgroup of Chinese pioneer emigrants and refer to themselves as Tang people in homage to the Tang dynasty (618907), the height of Chinese civilization.
Keywords: class; civil rights; diaspora; employment and unemployment; labor; labor supply; labor