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Boston Chinatown


Chinatown, Boston is a district located in downtown Boston, Massachusetts. It is the only historically surviving Chinese region in New England with the decline of Chinatown in Providence, Rhode Island after the 1950s.

Chinatown is focused on Beach Street. This limits the Common Boston, The Crossing Center, Theater District Washington Street, Village Bay, South End, and Highway Expressway / Massachusetts.

Early history

Part of the newly created area was first settled by the Anglo-Bostonians. After housing property in this area became less desirable due to railway events, it was settled by a mixed sequence of Irish, Jewish, Italian, Syrian, and Chinese immigrants. Each group replaced the previous one in order to take advantage of housing for the poor and vacancies in the area. During the late nineteenth century, garment manufacturers also moved to Chinatown, creating the historic district of Boston garment. The garment area was active until the 1990s.

Negotiations led to the provision of funds for building a new housing community in Chinatown. During this period, the city also called the area adjacent to Chinatown as the Boston red light district, also known as the War Zone . However, the battle zone, while still existing, almost disappeared by 1990, due to many different reasons including urban pressure, increased marketing of pornography on VHS home videos, movement of strip clubs to suburbs, where they became more upscale. , and property values rose, which encouraged building sales and the removal of former tenants. In the 21st century, much of the area developed into the Washington Street Theater District.

Modern day

Chinatown Boston remains the center of Asian-American life in New England, accepting many Chinese and Vietnamese restaurants and markets. Chinatown is one of the most densely populated residential areas of Boston, with more than 28,000 people per square mile in 2000. Nearly 70% of Chinatown’s population is Asian, compared with nine percent of Boston Asian Americans in general. Chinatown has an average family income of $ 14,289.

The traditional Chinatown Gate (paifang) with a foo lion on each side is located on Beach Street Once a shabby area housing a little more than a fan of ventilation building for the Central Artery Tunnel, a garden was built on this site as part of the Big Dig project. Gate visible from the South Station. The bus station and are a popular tourist destination and photo opportunity. Proposed by the Taiwanese government to the City in 1982, the gate is engraved with two letters in Chinese: “Tian Xia Wei Gong”, a statement attributed to Sun Yat-sen, which translates to “everything under the sky, for people” and “Li Yi Layan Shi”, ancient Chinese a proverb meaning that a good person is one who understands

Boston Chinatown: Chinatown in name only?


Boston’s authentic Chinese restaurants, gift shops, traditional medicine and food stores are disappearing. Not only are shops closing, its Chinese population, steadily decreasing. Residents are moving out. Now less than 48% of Chinatown Boston’s residents are Chinese or of Asian descent.




Boston’s Chinatown, the third-largest Chinatown in the nation, is now past the highest risk stage of gentrification. A combination of urban renewal, garbage, the shortage of housing, crime and safety contribute to this problem. Representatives from the City of Boston met recently to discuss these prevalent problems. 




“Of the dozens of photos customers have posted on Yelp for Maxim’s Coffee House in Chinatown, the last, posted on Sept. 3, is not of sticky rice rolls or of mochi or of any of the other sweets the bakery was known for, but of a sign that reads, “Loss of Lease. Closed after 33 years,” and with the photo, a caption: “A sickening trend continues.” Read More


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Shojo, a trendy bistro serving modern Asian cuisine, celebrated its third anniversary with its annual Chinatown block party on August 23. The event, co-hosted by Laced Boston, KC Arts, Floor Lords and other local groups, was well attended despite the possibility of rain, attracting many passersby to stop by the Greenway at the Chinatown Gate. Read More