Talk:Seattle Chinatown-International District

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Is the bit about being the only neighborhood where all sorts of Asians live really correct? How many of those ethnic groups actually *live* there? (LUKOBE)

You're right. That bit is incorrect because one could go on and on about who lives where. However, the fact remains that it's historically verifiable that Chinese came to Seattle ahead of other Asians, in the 1860s. Then came Japanese and after them, Filipinos. The term "International District" is generally not accepted by those in Chinatown, Japantown and Little Saigon because it was imposed without the consent of or a vote of the community and has no official standing. It would be like saying that Ballard should change its name to International Ballard District just because a Chinese restaurant, a Mexican eatery and other ethnic restaurants and businesses located there after the Scandinavians did. The net result has been the near killing off of Japantown and a sharp drop off in business for Chinatown and Little Saigon. A compromise was reached in 1975 that the name would be Chinatown International District. I have cited City Ordinance 119297 of 1999, which stems from the City Council approved plan that sets forth the official name and boundaries. I also corrected the Chinatown Historic District information because it assumes "International District" is a valid synonym for Chinatown and Japantown. As an added note, it's significant that the National Register did not recognize the name the Internationalists proposed: King Street Historic District, as having no basis in historic fact. An examination of the original historic district application would reveal this. (The document can be ordered from the city archives, but it takes several months.) What would be right and just is to retain the historic and time honored names: Chinatown, Japantown, and Little Saigon.
If one uses the Internationalist argument that the name "International District" honors non Chinese and non Japanese in Chinatown and Japantown, respectively, then all neighborhoods in Seattle would have to add International in front of their names. In addition, applying "International District" to a so-called "Asian" area is illogical in that it limits the meaning of 'international' to Asians.
(Betty Lau)

Article name?[edit]

Possibilities:

  • Chinatown-International District, Seattle
  • Chinatown/International District, Seattle
  • International District, Seattle
  • Seattle Chinatown-International District
  • Seattle Chinatown/International District

Further discussion may be necessary. I think the area is most commonly referred to as the International District, which would make "International District, Seattle" most appropriate. Others might disagree re: most common usage. --Another Believer (Talk) 16:49, 9 April 2012 (UTC)