In May 2009 an international conference on the world’s Chinatowns was held at Simon Fraser University in cooperation with LEWI at Hong Kong Baptist University.
This event provided a forum for the interdisciplinary examination of the historical development, global significance, key characteristics, evolution and future of the world’s “Chinatowns”. A Chinatown is both a demographic entity of cultural insularity outside of greater China and a psychological phenomenon. This interdisciplinary conference examined Chinatowns as working communities that have often emerged in urban areas where mutual benevolence in the face of poverty, racism and loneliness created social cohesion and subsequently a broad array of distinctive economic, social and cultural activities along with a unique infrastructure.
The conference proceedings were published in 2010 and a limited number are available through the David Lam Centre.