San Francisco Chinatown: Introducing the Community
San Francisco Chinatown has a history of over 150 years, and Staicov outlines some of the main historical events that have shaped the community. After an era of exclusion, Chinese Americans today experience a more open and tolerant society that, for better or worse, perceives them as model minority. To investigate if socio-historical developments play a role in identity construction and linguistics variation, Staicov talks to participants who have experienced these developments first hand. “San Francisco Chinatown: Introducing the community” describes how Staicov entered the community to recruit both first- and second-generation participants and explains that the focus on Cantonese-speaking members reflects the linguistic origins of the community.
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