An 1886 illustration of a gambling house and restaurant in Melbourne’s Chinatown. Picture: Alamy

Are Chinatowns obsolete, asks Madeleine Thien, Canadian novelist who grew up in one

Forged by anti-Chinese attitudes and laws, these tightly knit communities brought both business opportunities and solace for immigrants

Topic |   Chinese overseas

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An 1886 illustration of a gambling house and restaurant in Melbourne’s Chinatown. Picture: Alamy
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