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Username: Jams

Post Number: 4745
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Saturday, February 10, 2007 - 5:02 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Found this article, while searching for some other information on ethnic areas in Detroit.

With the imminent opening of Asian Village I thought this might be of interest.

Long dragons of rush-hour traffic run up and down the Lodge Freeway, tearing through the heart of what was once Detroit's Chinatown.

Progress and the passage of time and traffic have drowned out Cantonese greetings and giddy cries of "Red Rover, Red Rover."

Although there are little more than concrete intersections and parking lots where Chinatown once stood, the area between the current and future homes of Tiger Stadium is attracting fresh attention as a potential casino site.

The Detroit area's Chinese-American population, now 25,000, always has been widespread, but Chinatown once was the hub.

The enclave has been gone for so long now -- 40 years -- that few can remember when Chinese-American children ran the streets while their parents ran the businesses. Dorothy Moy Matsumoto is one who does.

http://www.msu.edu/user/hongba o/chinese/detroit-lost-chinato wn.htm
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Username: Danny

Post Number: 5506
Registered: 02-2004
Posted on Sunday, February 11, 2007 - 7:13 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)


Here are some updates from Detroit's long lost Chinatown.

1. The old Chinatown used to be 4th Street between Fort to Plum St. near Skid Row and Corktown.

3. The Community was run by Chins, Chongs and Moy families and the all related.

4. The White dominate Detroit City Council torn the community down in the 1950s for the Lodge FWY. and relocate the Chinese to the south end of the Cass Corridor where all the bums, Beatniks and Hippies live.

5. They set up their shops on the corner of Cass Ave. and Peterboro St.

7. In 1980 Vincent Chin was killed in Highland Park. This Sparks fear to the Chins and Chongs and Moys.

6. At the time more Chinese families came, but the Chins, Chongs and the Moys families couldn't mingle along with them because most of them speak Mandarin. Also, there were no Chinese Community Centers in their second Chinatown so in the mid 1980s to 1990s, the Chin, Chongs and the Moys began to leave their Chinatown behind, left Detroit and settle to other successful Chinatowns in Chicago, New York City and San Francisco. Others move to Madison Heights along John R. Rd between 12 and 14 Mile Rd. and Troy.

7. CHINATOWN IN DETROIT IS DEAD! And I hope this new Asian Village by Mr. Pangborn on the corner of Beaubien and Atwater St. WORKS!
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Username: Rjk

Post Number: 610
Registered: 11-2003
Posted on Sunday, February 11, 2007 - 7:58 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Nice post Jams. Interesting read.
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Username: 1st_sgt

Post Number: 26
Registered: 11-2006
Posted on Thursday, February 15, 2007 - 11:40 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Does any one remember where the HO HO Inn was located?
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Username: Alexei289

Post Number: 1249
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Thursday, February 15, 2007 - 12:20 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

no... but i know of a couple no tell motels :-)
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Username: Cambrian

Post Number: 634
Registered: 08-2006
Posted on Thursday, February 15, 2007 - 12:47 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I watched an interesting cable program that said Chinese immigrants got a foot hold in boom towns by providing laundry services. In these towns the first waves of people in were always men seeking work, which meant there were few women around to perform the domestic tasks.

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