2011 Student Research Conference:
24th Annual Student Research Conference

The Development of the Chinese Community in Suburban Kansas City
Jennifer L. Wilborn
Dr. Huping Ling, Faculty Mentor

Due to attempts by the Chinese government to open up in the 1970s, the Chinese population of Kansas City began to steadily increase as groups of Chinese immigrated to the metropolitan area in order to work, study, and raise families. Although some Chinese elected to live in the metropolitan area, many followed the Asian populations outward trend towards the citys suburbs that had begun in the 1960s. By 1990, the Asian population in the southern suburb of Overland Park, Kansas had eclipsed that of Kansas City, Kansas, as more Asian Americans settled outside the city limits. Through in-depth research and personal interviews, this paper will follow the development of the Chinese community in southern Kansas City over recent decades and the role Chinese-owned businesses played in aiding the community's growth.

Keywords: Chinese immigration, Asian American History, Kansas City, Suburban Development , Chinese community

Topic(s):Asian-American Studies

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 42-5
Location: MG 2001
Time: 3:45

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