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Ethnic Studies Review
In contemporary economic globalization with its cross-border flows of labor and capital, advanced and less advanced economies have become more integrated, and in certain respects the former have become more similar to the latter. For example, major American and European "global cities" such as New York and London have seen the growth of a lower economic sector of low paying, labor intensive manufacturing and service work alongside an upper economic sector of international financial and corporate activity. This dual conceptualization of cities is the framework Jan Lin uses to examine the influence of macro level global forces on economic and social change in a specific urban micro context, the ethnic enclave of New York Chinatown. The key to Lin's approach is that Chinatown itself contains both upper and lower economic sectors, in particular transnational banking and high-end real estate investment as well as garment sweatshops, restaurant workers, and street traders.
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