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yes there are still Chinese doctors.
The Lee family runs a clinic on I street- this venerable family has been in Chinatown since the 1930's.

Sadly the DC city government , which is run by what is mostly PG County residents, sees no value in trying to maintain the ethnic authenticity of any neighborhood that is not of their own ethnicity.

by w on Feb 10, 2011 7:46 am

I have a good friend whose family lived in DC's Chinatown from the 1960's up to the 1980's during the bad old days of Chinatown and he told me that his family was happy to finally leave (they're mostly in Montgomery and Fairfax County now) and gets annoyed when newcomers to the neighborhood bemoan the disappearing "authenticity". I remember him once telling me, "this was a hard, poor ghetto neighborhood for new immigrants who couldn't yet do any better. We shouldn't have to stay to be some tourist trap for white people."

Chinatown isn't disappearing for lack of government subsidies just like it wasn't created with government subsidies. It's disappearing because the neighborhood is rapidly evolving and changing and people who once came here out of desperation want a better way of life and choose the suburbs and the dispersion and integration that goes with it. I think it's a healthy development and this "Friendship Arch", while a lovely piece of architecture, is more a idealized, imposed testament to a time gone by than a natural part of the urban fabric.

by Mike O on Feb 14, 2011 10:54 am • linkreport

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