The Jumbo House is the only Chinese restaurant in Letcher county. The restaurant, which has been open a little over a month, is located in the same shopping plaza as the Whitesburg Wal-Mart.

(AP Photo/Shawn Poynter)
SHAWN POYNTER The Jumbo House is the only Chinese restaurant in Letcher county. The restaurant, which has been open a little over a month, is located in the same shopping plaza as the Whitesburg Wal-Mart. (AP Photo/Shawn Poynter)

China’s economic boom is bringing more affluent immigrants to the United States, and they're landing in the suburbs.

Many Chinese immigrants are skipping urban downtown Chinatown communities and moving straight to the suburbs, reports Alexia Fernández Campbell, staff writer at The Atlantic.

Chinatowns on the East Coast are becoming less Chinese, according to Andrew Leong, an associate professor of law, social justice, and Asian American studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

He and a group of researchers from the University of Pennsylvania recently studied the Chinatowns of New York, Philadelphia, and Boston, found that gentrification and rising housing costs were making it hard for blue-collar immigrants to live there. Their study found that in 1990, Asian residents comprised 45 to 75% of the three Chinatown neighborhoods. Twenty years later, they made up 42 to 46%. During that time, the white population doubled in Philadelphia and Boston’s Chinatown neighborhoods.

Read Campbell's article to learn more.

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