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Studies at the University of Leeds and mainly teaches Chinese politics and society. His research looks at rural developments in China, the ethnic Chinese overseas, issues of identity and belonging among the Chinese, and class and social stratifi cation in contemporary China. He has authored Chinatown

Bryan Palmer

adjacent to the Five Points in 1863 was tiny to the point of being inconsequential, and Chinese immigration to New York City did not begin in earnest until after completion of the transcontinental railroad in 1869. Just as Chinatown would be an actual creation post-dating the period in which The Gangs of

Matthew Caygill

unions, or at least their bureaucratised leaderships. Even though the New York Chinatown garment industry has been organised by UNITE (which used to be the International Ladies Garment Workers’ Union), the process has been top-down, contracts have been weakly enforced, and it has all been tied to a