The article written by Brian J. Godfrey about San Francisco’s Chinatown concentrates on several topics. In focusing on ethnicity, race, and gender, the article analyzes how the Chinese community has faced massive pressures resulting from the planned downtown expansion. Through the group's struggle, the community has used ritualized strategies effectively to oppose to the spatial threats within the town. For instance, the article brings to light how the influx of Asian investment compared to the poverty and notable crowding contrast. It is through these ritualized practices through the formed protest movement that controversy has been generated. This article brings to light how the efforts of relocating Chinatown after the 1906 earthquake proved impossible (Brian 338). Thus through the help of Chinese merchants and China government, white architects were hired to rebuild the town. The empirical analysis of the article shows how the Chinatown has been faced with threats as a result of its desirable location. This has resulted in the town is a natural target for both urban development and land speculations (Yung 12). Additionally, little political influence has been exercised within the town for years. What has contributed to this situation is the limited number of people living in the community many of whom have a low socioeconomic ability (Brian 340). Although as evident in the article the total population has increased from 4.703 to 3.7, the financial and economic disability of the residents is evident. However, the situation seems to have changed from what the situation was in the 19th century. This is because presently there are several communities as opposed to the 19th century where San Francisco’s Chinatown had 25, 833 Chinese residents (Brian 339). The article concludes by highlighting how the city’s BART (bay Area Rapid Transit) has made it easy for Chinese Americans to move to their neighborhoods.
Bowen, W. Robert and Bowen, Y. Brenda. San Franciscos Chinatown. Chicago: Arcadia Publishing, 2008. Print.
Brian J. Godfrey. Chinatown.
Yung, Judy. San Franciscos Chinatown. Chicago: Arcadia Publishing, 2006. Print.
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