A question: Do you think that we will ever build/recognise one?
Cardiff's Chinese population isn't the biggest, but it is growing. From what I can tell, it is mainly propped up by students, I have seen many Chinese families about speaking Mandarin, and Cardiff's Chinese connection does go back quite a while.
Isn't having a district called Canton enough?
And another called cathay(s)
Cardiff does have a small Chinatown on Tudor street in Riverside. There are about 8-10 chinese businesses there. The 2011 census says there were over 5000 Chinese residents in Cardiff.
I remember all this talk (with the inevitable cut and paste 'Chinese Gate entrances' superimposed on Tudor Street) in the Echo about a decade ago. It's one of those perennial stories that bobs up for air now and again.
I used to catch the no 8 down that way quite a bit a decade ago. There seemed to be quite a few more Chinese shops on Tudor Street then than there does now. It's hardly Shanghai on the Taff is it?
Indeed, im pretty sure any china town designation would need buy in from the local community and should probably originate there, as opposed to some top down council (or web forum!) decision. Many might think the designation of a single attribution would undervalue the multicultural character of the place.
Isn't the object 'integration' not 'segregation'?
It's certainly not integration to have 'ghetto-like' areas in any area. Do they all have to be in one particular area? Surely, Chinese cuisine would taste the same in any area!? Why not have a Muslim section of Cardiff where we could all go and experience their way of life? Yes, I know we've got Grangetown
Singapore has a very distinct china town and "islamic town" polar ends of the city center. I cant see why comunities that live closely together (ie butetown, riverside) could not form distinct areas of culture, cuisine and attractions for cardiff residents. I am sure there are many potential problems with it, but most of them would not come from a branding of an area.
I don't think the idea is a starter. The Chinese in Cardiff are fairly spread out and there isn't a 'centre' as such. A few Chinese businesses where the biggest ethnic groups in the immediate environs are Bengalis, Africans, Pakistanis and White British doesn't really make sense.
The idea of a Chinatown seems outdated and anachronistic to me. Surely this is a 19th century concept and one that grew organically (and probably as a direct result of racial prejudice)? I think the idea of Chinese people flocking together to create some sort of oriental amusement park for the white folks by council decree is desperate and would make Cardiff a laughing stock.
Actually a Chinatown concept enpowers the Chinese population and creating a hub for trade, recreation gives the area a real distintion.
The amusement arcades an casinos in Chinatown areas are different class.
As are the cafes.
I was told that the Chinese of Riverside propose it to the Council about a decade ago but it was rejected. They were going to fund it themselves.
Chinatown's are intended to be a celebration of Chinese culture.
Tourists flock there and the chinese do very well out of it.
It could well be a winner.
I don't think Cardiff Council are innovative enough to create such an area. That said, it is the kind of thing that should come organically from the Chinese community. I'd love to see it personally.
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