|Neighborhood of Providence|
|City||Providence, Rhode Island|
|Area code(s)||Area code 401|
The US city of Providence, Rhode Island was once home to a Chinatown around Empire Street in the southern section of the city. It was considered one of the "last of the old Chinatowns" in a grouping that included Boston, Philadelphia and Baltimore. The extension of Empire Street[when?] doomed the Chinatown, and all of the buildings were demolished including the former headquarters of local Chinese societies. The enclave was once located next to the Empire Theatre and the Central Baptist Church.
Providence's Chinatown was built in the late 1800s, and disappeared sometime after 1951 according to a historical record of Patrolman Robert Chin. He "was raised at 136 Summer Street during the final years of the neighborhood's Chinatown settlement. His parents operated the Far East Noodle Company, which supplied local Chinese restaurants."
Another historical record indicated that Chinese-white couples were prevalent, during an era when interracial couples were generally shunned. The account references an address that was located near a Chinese laundry.
- "The Last Old Chinatown".
- Patrick T. Conley, Paul Campbell. "South Providence, RI".
- Mary Ting Li Lui, Mary TIing Yi Lui. "The Chinatown Trunk Mystery: Murder, Miscegenation, and Other Dangerous ...".