The Rise and Decline of Chinatown, Washington D.C. Between the Dollar and the Dragon
Chinatown in Washington, D.C., fulfils most preconditions for the successful transformation of ethnic precincts into tourist attractions: it is safe, accessible, based on a positive attitude towards Chinese culture, connected to a larger leisure industry, and supported by the local government. There is nevertheless widespread concern about its lack of authenticity and Disneylike future. A specific interaction of the political and symbolic economy accounts for this perverse effect. The primary focus of this paper is the role of immigrant entrepreneurs in the emerging tourist industry as well as their interaction with other actors of the urban tourist industry, especially the local government.
Keywords: Ethnic Diversity, Tourism, Public Space
Dr Jan Rath
Associate Professor and Co-Director of Research, Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies (IMES), University of Amsterdam