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Chinatown Senior Citizens' Center

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A place for Chinatown seniors to participate together in traditional culture

Place Details

Borough : Manhattan
Neighborhood : Chinatown
Institution, Gathering Place

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By Meng Yu

The New York Chinatown Senior Citizens' Center is in the heart of Manhattan’s Chinatown. Look for a red brick building with fortunetellers, snack vendors, and shoe menders out front.

Every day, about 300 or 400 people come to the senior citizen center. Anyone who is not Chinese and is under the age of 60 or so will definitely stand out in the crowd, but is still welcome. According to Mr. Zhu, a volunteer staff member, of the center’s 6,000 registered members, only 1 percent are non-Chinese, even though any legal resident over the age of 60 is eligible to join, regardless of nationality.

Few recent immigrants are involved in the center. Before World War II, some 90 percent of the Chinese in the United States were of Cantonese origin, with half coming from just one county, named Taishan (Toishan). Many of the Chinatown Senior Center’s members are...

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Chinese-American Planning Council website


Meng Yu

Nominator submitted place name to the Census of Places that Matter.

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