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A People's History of Five Neighborhoods
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American Chinatown
A People's History of Five Neighborhoods

By Bonnie Tsui
2009, 272 pages, Paperback.

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Where in America can you visit another country without needing a passport? Chinatown, U.S.A.: a world within a world and a state of mind.

In American Chinatown, acclaimed travel writer Bonnie Tsui takes an affectionate and attentive look at the neighborhood that has bewitched her since childhood. Tsui visits the country's five most famous Chinatowns and focuses on the intriguing characters who live in these enclaves.

For anyone who has ever wandered through Chinatown and wondered what it was all about, and for Americans wanting to understand the changing face of their own country, American Chinatown is an all-access pass.

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"A fascinating and thoughtful look at a thoroughly American phenomenon."
-Gish Jen, author of The Love Wife

"An intimate glimpse . . . Tsui captures the essence of each Chinatown by telling the stories of its people."
-Ann Tatko-Peterson, Contra Costa Times

"An updated real-life insider look at the Chinatowns in San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, Honolulu and Las Vegas [with] depth, perception and insight."
-William Wong, San Francisco Chronicle

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Background on Bonnie Tsui

Bonnie Tsui is a frequent contributor to the New York Times. A graduate of Harvard University and a former editor at Travel + Leisure, she has written for Atlantic Monthly, National Geographic Adventure, and Mother Jones. She is the editor of A Leaky Tent Is a Piece of Paradise (Sierra Club Books), a collection of essays on the outdoors; she is also a recipient of the Radcliffe Traveling Fellowship, the Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Award, the Jane Rainie Opel Award, and the Mesa Refuge Writers' Residency. She lives in San Francisco and invites readers to contribute their own Chinatown stories to her website at

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