Conveying a sense of community along Bolsa Avenue: Little Saigon as a model of ethnic commercial belts

Int Migr. 1998;36(1):49-65. doi: 10.1111/1468-2435.00033.


PIP: "In the past, ethnic enclaves have functioned as homogeneous residential areas providing support and comfort to newly arrived immigrants. A new form of urban village is increasingly serving commuting immigrants who live in integrated residential neighbourhoods. Little Saigon, a Vietnamese commercial belt in Southern California, serves as a model of this emerging form. Participant observation and interviews with users of Little Saigon and other ethnic commercial belts in Southern California reveal that these areas provide users with places where they can experience the sense of community previously provided by ethnic ghettos." (EXCERPT)

MeSH terms

  • Acculturation*
  • Americas
  • Asia
  • Asia, Southeastern
  • Culture
  • Demography*
  • Developed Countries
  • Developing Countries
  • Emigration and Immigration*
  • Ethnic Groups*
  • Geography
  • North America
  • Population
  • Population Characteristics
  • Population Dynamics
  • Residence Characteristics*
  • Social Change
  • Transients and Migrants
  • United States
  • Vietnam