Chinatown, Oklahoma City

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Oklahoma City Chinatown
Neighborhood of Oklahoma City
Coordinates: 35°28′56″N 97°32′6″W / 35.48222°N 97.53500°W / 35.48222; -97.53500
Country  United States
State Oklahoma
County Oklahoma County
City Oklahoma City
ZIP Code 73102
Area code(s) Area code 405

The U.S. city of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma once had a historic original Chinatown that existed from the 1870s "... below 14 S Robinson Ave" according to the Oklahoman, the city's major metro newspaper. The population of the old Chinatown was somewhere between 200 to 250 Chinese people.[1]


Many Chinese who came to Oklahoma City did so from the U.S. state of California, with many specifically from the San Francisco bay area.[2] Many of the Chinese residents were "discreet" and chose to "avoid attention" by often " underground" in tunnels constructed in the area now known as the Cox Convention Center (aka Myriad Convention Center).

New Chinatown: Asia District[edit]

Around the mid-1980s, a new area known as Asia District (then itself a Little Saigon) was home to more than 17,000 Vietnamese refugees that inhabited the area at that time. The area represented a new trend in major cities of the United States that traditionally have not had a concentrated Asian population, where recent immigrants would inhabit previously blighted areas. Located near Oklahoma City University, Asia District was once a blighted urban area and today is inhabited by Vietnamese, Korean, Philippine, Thai, and Chinese immigrants.


  1. ^ "Unlocking the secrets of Oklahoma City's mysterious city". 
  2. ^ "Unlocking the secrets of Oklahoma City's mysterious city".