For nearly two centuries, Chinatowns have been an essential part of American communities. If they began in the 1840s as safe havens for Chinese immigrants, they have remained vital parts of our cities ever since — neighborhoods where Americans could find opportunity, discovery, reinvention. Neighborhoods where we all come together to eat.
As Chinatowns across the nation — and beyond — have been devastated by the pandemic, it has become essential to share reminders of how much these places matter to all of us.
Here are the stories of why that is very much so.