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God in Chinatown: Religion and Survival in New York's Evolving Immigrant Community

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God in Chinatown is a path breaking study of the largest contemporary wave of new immigrants to Chinatown. Since the 1980s, tens of thousands of mostly rural Chinese have migrated from Fuzhou, on China's southeastern coast, to New York's Chinatown. Like the Cantonese who comprised the previous wave of migrants, the Fuzhou have brought with them their religious beliefs, pra ...more
Paperback, 225 pages
Published August 1st 2003 by New York University Press
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Alex
Feb 11, 2008 rated it it was ok
I have some issues with Guest's writing - I don't find it to be as engaging as some other ethnographies I have read in the past. However, he is engaging as a public speaker, and I found his stories to come to life when he was lecturing rather than when I was reading them on paper.

I think he makes several good points about the displacement of communities between China and New York, as well as the necessity of social networking as means of survival for new immigrants. I think his points are well
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Dream
Jun 23, 2015 rated it it was ok
It is an important book to understand the recent Fujianese immigration to the U.S. The first 2-3 chapters did a great job describing Fujian geography and why immigrants left their home to seek better life in U.S. However, the author spent several chapters describing religions in Fujian and New York City. After a while, the reading became dry.
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