The Chinatown that people don’t know - A city within a city
Where, why, what, who, how,
Our project focuses on Chinatown in Lower Manhattan, as the prime Chinese enclave in New York City.
Chinatown functions as ‘a city within city’. It is read as a neighborhood, people have based their lives here, making it a centre for utilities for chinese community from medicare to schools. The process attempts to understand the underlying markers that made it survive as a self-sufficient community area despite of the homogeneous development around in the city.
Different outlooks to build a dynamic image of the neighborhood-
● Alex Ho, as an educator working in Museum of Chinese American // talks about the historical aspect of Chinatown in laying out strong roots for it to survive.
● Anna_resident from China //lived in Chinatown for 2 months //compares the spread to an actual city in China.
● Mei_Chinatown local for 30 years //shares genius loci of the area and local lives.
● Linda and Howard_ tourist from Miami //visualize Chinatown as a typical chinese city with amazing food, herbs, teas etc.