Chinatown, Atlanta

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Atlanta Chinatown
Retail district
Coordinates: 33°53′15″N 84°18′19″W / 33.88750°N 84.30528°W / 33.88750; -84.30528
Country  United States
State Georgia
County Dekalb County
City Chamblee, Georgia
ZIP Code 30341
Area code(s) Area code 770

According to Biz Journal, the Atlanta metropolitan area is home to an "... estimated 50,000 Chinese-Americans...." The U.S. city of Chamblee, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia is home to a Chinatown (Chinese: 亚特兰大唐人街; pinyin: yà té lán dà táng rén jiē) that was built in 1988,[1][2] and is one of the first of the "New Chinatowns" according to the World Journal. Although the city of Atlanta itself does not have a "Chinatown", Chamblee's Chinatown mall is referred to as "Atlanta Chinatown." The neighborhood is part of the Buford Highway international market area and is located near the Chamblee MARTA station and New Peachtree Road.[3] According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC), refers to this "Chinatown Mall" as "... Atlanta's place for Chinese culture." [4] According to the official website, "Atlanta Chinatown" is located at 5383 New Peachtree Road.[5] According to the Huffington Post, this Chinatown is an example of a "modern Chinatown", with Albany,[6] Las Vegas, Dallas-Richardson, and North Miami Beach, Florida referenced as similar examples, with regard to the quality of Chinese food.[7] There is an annual Chinese New Year event that is held to celebrate the festival.[8] According to another source, the 99 Ranch Supermarket had a branch in Atlanta's Chinatown area, which is actually on Buford Highway's Asian Square Shopping Center. The author further states that Atlanta's Chinatown is "... unlike many older cities" which exists in an urban setting. Atlanta's Chinatown according to her is "... in a strip mall" setting.[9] Bonnie Tsui further states in her book that the new Chinatowns rely on the Chinatown being built before the Chinese population comes as she quoted about Las Vegas' Chinatown.[6]

History[edit]

The Atlanta Chinatown market was started in 1988, and was further expanded in 1996 with fresh immigrants from Beijing. [10] According to the previous source, Atlanta's Chinatown has bakeries, restaurants, cosmetics, bookstores, and many other Chinese stores. The Chinatown is currently managed by Rochelle Anthony, who is an African American.

According to Biz Journal, Atlanta Chinatown was completely redone in the year 2000 by developer Peter Chang, who purchased the old "Chinatown Square Mall" for $4 million. The plans call for "...the 65,000-square-foot mall [to include] a Chinese food court, two restaurants, several offices, a grocery store, gift shops, a bookstore, jewelers, a video rental store, a beauty salon and other retailers. It will be part of the International Village project, a 375-acre live and work community with a global theme that is being developed by local business leaders, the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce, DeKalb County and the city of Chamblee."[11] According to this article, the plans are to make Atlanta Chinatown a tourist destination rather than it just being another shopping mall.

Buford Highway[edit]

Signs in English, Spanish and Chinese along Buford Highway

Buford Highway or the "International Village", as the area is often referred to in Gwinnett County is home to many Asian retailers including Chinese. According to the article in the AJC, the area is filled "... with Vietnamese noodle shops sitting beside Mexican taquerias, Korean video stores and Chinese grocers."[12] Many of the shops in the Buford Highway area have been "intense competition" since 2008, the start of the financial crisis as well as newer Asian grocery stores catering to the same population.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Unrelated kin: race and gender in women's personal narratives. 
  2. ^ Jianli Zhao. Strangers in the City: The Atlanta Chinese, Their Community, and Stories of. 
  3. ^ "中國城頂好超級市場 ("Chinatown top good supermarkets")". 
  4. ^ "Chinese culture in Atlanta". 
  5. ^ "Atlanta Chinatown". 
  6. ^ a b Bonnie Tsui. American Chinatown: A People's History of Five Neighborhoods. 
  7. ^ "The Best Chinese Probably Isn't In Chinatown". Huffington Post. 4 December 2012. 
  8. ^ "Chinese New Year Celebration at Atlanta Chinatown 2013". 
  9. ^ Jennifer B. Lee. The Fortune Cookie Chronicles: Adventures in the World of Chinese Food. 
  10. ^ "洋經理和她的中國城 ("Yang manager and her Chinatown")". 
  11. ^ "New look for Chinatown". 
  12. ^ "Gwinnett Cities Looking to Start Buford Highway Makeover".