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Chinatown Senior Center

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A place for Chinatown seniors to participate together in traditional culture

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Borough : Manhattan
Neighborhood : Chinatown
Institution, Asian/ Pacific/ American, Gathering Place

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By Meng Yu 

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

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

Before World War II, some 90 percent of the Chinese population 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 Taishanese. Mr. Zhu, who himself is Taishanese,...

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