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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

NY's Largest Chinatown Sunset Park

A+ article about Fujianese in Brooklyn.

I love this quote:

Principal Ruth Stanislaus was amazed when one kindergartner’s mother said, in faltering English: “My son must go Harvard.”

Hardworking Fujianese immigrants use the borough as a launching pad to the middle class.
City Journal

Key Points:
  • As of 2010, Asian Americans’ median household income was $66,000, the highest of any demographic group in the nation, according to the Pew Research Center.
  • Sunset Park's Chinatown is now the largest NY Chinatown. Larger than Flushing or Manhattan. I have family that lives in Flushing.
  • Smuggling can costs $50,000 or more
  • Reverse Migration, where parents send their kids back to China to be taken care of. I have seen this.
  • Sunset Park and Borough Park zip codes had among the largest number of acceptances at the city’s specialized, competitive high schools.
  • No matter how poor they are, parents find a way to get their fourth- or fifth-graders into test-prep classes.

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