WHOSE NEIGHBOURHOOD

Joshua Philip Humphrey

The Ward has often been referred to as Toronto’s first Chinatown, although this statement is not entirely accurate, as it does not consider the neighbourhood’s long history prior to Chinese inhabitation. This area was an enclave constantly changing due to several ethnic groups claiming it as their home. This begins with African American Refugees, then Eastern European/ Jewish Immigrants, and more recently, Chinese Migrant Workers/Immigrants. This essay considers each of the key time periods, by looking at case studies exploring tenancy, the social-economics, and ethnographies of the residents. This is then compared with the current residents of the area to see that there are many commonalities with the recent ethnographies, and householder status, but not in their socio-economic status… PDF 

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