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D.C.'s Shrinking Chinablock: A Two Part Series

From: Kristen Lee
Length: 06:48

One ethnic enclave tries to obtain a cultural identity in a struggling economy

P1019274_small In this two part series, Kristen Lee discovers how D.C.'s Chinatown is adapting to a waning economy. She speaks with community organizers, Asian business owners, tourists and city planners about how they view the transformation of this ethnic enclave. For an audio slideshow, visit the NPR Intern Edition website: www.npr.org/internedition

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In this two part series, Kristen Lee discovers how D.C.'s Chinatown is adapting to a waning economy. She speaks with community organizers, Asian business owners, tourists and city planners about how they view the transformation of this ethnic enclave. For an audio slideshow, visit the NPR Intern Edition website: www.npr.org/internedition

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NPR Intern Edition, Summer 08

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D-C?s SHRINKING CHINABLOCK
Kristen Lee
TRT: 3:19


[AMBI: LOUDSPEAKER]
[SOUNDBITE: Chinese tourist] (:03)
?We just wanted to enjoy some dinner here.?
[SOUNDBITE: LaClair movie] (:01)
?Uh, we are going to see a movie over there.?
[TRACK 1]
IN D-C?S CHINATOWN, TOURISTS AND RESIDENTS ALIKE CAN DINE AT A BURMESE RESTAURANT, CATCH A MOVIE AND SIP ON MCDONALD?S SWEET TEA -- ALL WITHIN A TWO BLOCK RADIUS.
IT?S NOT HARD TO MISS THE CHINESE BANNERS DRAPED OVER RUBY TUESDAYS OR COMMERCIALS BLARING OVER SIDEWALK LOUD-SPEAKERS.
[AMBI: MICKEY D LOUDSPEAKER]
[TRACK 2]
CHINATOWN IS EVOLVING.
[CUE TRAFFIC AMBI] (FADE UP ON MOTORCYLE)
LEBONESE FRIENDS KHALED [KAH-LID] ZEINAB [ZIEN-AAB] AND SAMIR [SAMEER] BANNOUT [BAN-NOOT] TALK OUTSIDE EAT FIRST / A CHINESE RESTAURANT IN THE CHINATOWN DISTRICT. EAT FIRST MOVED SEVEN YEARS AGO BECAUSE OF THE INCREASE IN TOURIST TRAFFI...
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