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  • n. A suburban residential and business area with a notable cluster of a particular ethnic minority population.


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ethno- +‎ burb, coined in 1997 by Dr. Wei Li.


  • In L.A., you have what is called an ethnoburb: it imitates everything that a traditional Chinatown used to have.

    American Chinatown

  • The distinction between the original Chinese American settlements: Wei Li, an Asian Pacific American studies professor at Arizona State University, coined the phrase “ethnoburb.”

    American Chinatown

  • There, Monterey Park, deemed part of an "ethnoburb" outside Los Angeles after it became majority Asian-American in the 1990s, has long been a first stopping point for newly arrived Chinese seeking bigger houses away from downtown Los Angeles.

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  • The post-1965 wave of immigration gave birth to the modern-day "ethnoburb," a clever scholarly integration of the terms ethnic and suburb. Just east of Los Angeles lies Monterey Park, the quintessential example of the American ethnoburb. Hailed as America's "first suburban Chinatown," Monterey Park houses the largest concentration of Chinese Americans in the United States. Half of the residents are of Chinese descent—mainly Chinese (and Taiwanese) professionals and entrepreneurs who migrated after 1970 and upwardly mobile Chinese Americans eager to move out of a rapidly declining Chinatown.
    Anthony Christian Ocampo, The Latinos of Asia: How Filipino Americans Break the Rules of Race (Stanford, CA: Stanford Univ. Press, 2016), ch. 3.

    July 2, 2016