Gentrification and the Future of Work in New York City’s “Chinatowns”

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New York City’s “Chinatowns” are becoming increasingly inhospitable to both lasting locals and recent immigrants from functioning course histories. Such immense adjustments in the landscape and also intensive re-routings of both individuals as well as money can frequently be traced back to a political crisis– the strikes of September 11, 2001– and a recession– the economic disaster that peaked in Fall 2008. These recent events as well as pressures stand for a significant shift in the overall feature of multi-ethnic Chinese areas in New York City, and their connection to both the more comprehensive U.S. and Chinese economic situations.

This talk, based upon a post for Asian American Matters: A New York Anthology, uses work data from the New York State Department of Labor (DOL) to record basic changes in Chinatown, Flushing as well as Sunset Park’s neighborhood economic climates, as well as analyzes the change of New York City’s “Chinatowns” from websites of surplus labor to sites of surplus funding. Using this Quarterly Census of Employment as well as Wages (QCEW) data, Tarry Hum as well as Samuel Stein contrasted the community economic climates of New York City’s “Chinatowns” throughout 2 durations, in 2000 (pre-9/ 11 situation), and in 2015 (post-2008 “Great Recession”).

The changes that Chinatown, Sunset Park as well as Flushing are undergoing not only are reprising the neighborhoods’ developed atmospheres and also economic sectors, yet likewise the modes of battle labor utilizes to recreate itself and also make political cases.