1st Edition

The Power of Urban Ethnic Places Cultural Heritage and Community Life

By Jan Lin Copyright 2011
    312 Pages
    by Routledge

    312 Pages
    by Routledge

    The Power of Ethnic Places discusses the growing visibility of ethnic heritage places in U.S. society. The book examines a spectrum of case studies of Chinese, Latino and African American communities in the U.S., disagreeing with any perceptions that the rise of ethnic enclaves and heritage places are harbingers of separatism or balkanization. Instead, the text argues that by better understanding the power and dynamics of ethnic enclaves and heritage places in our society, we as a society will be better prepared to harness the economic and cultural changes related to globalization rather than be hurt or divided by these same forces of economic and cultural restructuring.

    Table of Contents

    List of Figures


    Chapter 1 Doing Ethnic History from Coast to Coast

    Chapter 2 Ethnic Communities and Cultural Heritage

    Chapter 3 Ethnicity in America from World’s Fair to World City

    Chapter 4 Ethnic Places, Postmodernism and Urban Change in Houston

    Chapter 5 Heritage, Art and Community Development in Miami’s Overtown

    and Little Havana

    Chapter 6 Removal and Renewal of Los Angeles Chinatown from the Frontier

    Pueblo to the Global City

    Chapter 7 Preservation and Cultural Heritage in New York’s Chinatown and

    Lower East Side and Impact of the 9/11 Disaster

    Chapter 8 The Death and Life of Urban Ethnic Places


    Endnotes 334


    Jan Lin is emigrated from Taiwan to the U.S. in 1966. He has been teaching sociology at Occidental College since 1998. He is the author of Reconstructing Chinatown: Ethnic Enclave, Global Change (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1998), and The Urban Sociology Reader (London: Routledge, 2005).

    "Lin’s timely and innovative book on the politics of urban ethnic places in contemporary America provides a much needed comparative examination into the intersection of race, political economy, and activism in contemporary cities. This is a must-read and novel resource for anyone interested in critical urban studies and comparative ethnic studies."—Arlene Davila, Anthropology, New York University

    "Drawing on rich fieldwork data and rigorous analysis, as well as insight from his own involvements in community work and teaching in world cities from coast to coast, Jan Lin convincingly argues that ethnic heritage sites offer a tool in counterbalancing urban decay and promoting neighborhood stability and sustainability. It makes an important contribution to contemporary urban sociology. "—Min Zhou, Sociology and Asian American Studies, University of California, Los Angeles