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ERIC Number: ED101554
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973
Pages: 6
Abstractor: N/A
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The Chinese in Houston.
Woodell, Thomas M.
There are between seven and eight thousand Chinese Americans living in Houston, but there has never been a predominantly Chinese neighborhood in the city. This lack of geographical focus has prevented the development of easily identifiable aspects of ethnic concentration, such as a Chinese school or a Chinese business district. Apart from the obvious racial component, Chinese ethnicity in Houston involves an individual's largely voluntary association with organizations classified as business or fraternal, religious, and educational. The Chinese language is spoken in all three categories of organizations. Both Cantonese and Mandarin are found, as well as a regional dialect of Cantonese, Taisanese. It is unusual, however, to find third-generation Chinese who speak Chinese as a mother tongue or learned language. The Chinese living in Houston do not seem to be interested in maintaining an ethnic mother tongue. There is, however, considerable interest in preserving family traditions and influence, and the future of a conscious, Chinese ethnic identity seems secure. (Author/PMP)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Texas (Houston)