Chinatowns are common sights in almost every major city in the U.S. To westerners, they appear to be homogeneous places where one goes to find good Chinese food and a little more. However, researchers have found that there is much more to them than that. It turns out that these Chinese communities can tell us a lot about not only the Chinese immigrants but also the cities where they are located.
One of those researchers is Dr. Ken Guest. He comes from a very religious family from New Jersey. “My mother is the fourth generation of United Methodist ministers in our family. Thus, religion has been something of deep interest to me on both a personal and a professional level. When I started in Chinatown, I quickly began to see that the religious scene was very complicated and also very central to new immigrants’ experience,” says Guest.