Bridge 2, part I

The neighborhood that I’ve chosen to study is Chinatown, an area that is home to the largest enclave of Chinese people. This area has always been captivating to me ever since I learned about my closest friend growing up there. From the foods to the people to the customs, the area is like a small little sphere distinct from a majority of Manhattan. The three census facts that I’ve chosen for my neighborhood are as follow: According to the 2010 census profile, about 30,559 asian non-hispanic inhabitants reside in Chinatown; total of 47,844 out of 1,585,873 in Manhattan. The total male population in Chinatown totals up to 23,267 according to the 2010-2014 ASC profile (51.6%). Also, 8,380 civilians 16 and over are employed in management, business, science, and arts occupations (39.7%).

The category I chose to focus on in Studio overviews the construction and set-up of marketplaces that dot the many streets of Chinatown. These marketplaces seem to be independently owned, housing particular products and luring a specific crowd of people, such as visitors and inhabitants. Produce and meats are sold at reasonable prices, and the arrangement although simple in others’ eyes, is alluring to mine. Repurposing cardboard for food storage and interchanging the Chinese and English language on signs is aesthetically pleasing, also letting the viewer know the market places cater to more than one group of people.

There are an abundance of independently owned market places that line Mott Street and Bayard, and from my many walks through Chinatown I have noticed repetitive patterns. The main thing that I notice about the variety of markets is that a majority of them are owned by male managers. This comes to show that those that manage the produce, meat, and other sorts of products mainly hire men for unloading huge trucks into the markets, arranging displays, and being able to make a sale. Bakeries and small import markets on the other hand hire women to do the work as cashier, tending to baked good and vending. While making my way through Chinatown, I have noticed more men making purchases of their products than women (I spent about 16 hours total in Chinatown to figure out these facts). Men will either buy fish in bulk or pick out ingredients to either bring home, to others, or to their own culinary businesses (from assumption). The total population of Chinese people in their respective environment comes up to 47,844, which is a rather small chunk from the mass population located in Manhattan only. This comes to show the relatively safe space and home that these people like to reside in.

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