My second idea for the article is about the Manchester Chinatown.The reason I chose this topic is the chinatown in Manchester is familiar to me.I had been working there as a Chinese store cashier for 1 year and I am familiar with shops,restaurants,consuetude and celebrations for Chinese events there,and these are what I want to introduce in my article.Besides,I also want to look at the history of Manchester Chinatown and the meanning of it to the overseas' Chinese.
This general introduction of Manchester Chinatown blow are from Wikipedia.
Chinatown, Manchester is an ethnic enclave within the city centre of Manchester. It is second largest Chinatown in the United Kingdom and the third largest in Europe. It is located in east central Manchester, and situated next to the Gay Village. The Chinatown, which is spread out over streets in the city centre has an archway, situated on Faulkner street, once the largest in Europe, which was completed in 1987, now dwarfed by the Imperial Arch in Liverpool.It not only contains many Chinese Restaurants, but Thai, Malaysian, Singaporean and other Pan-Asian restaurants, shops, bakeries and supermarkets, most of which have their main trading times on Sunday mornings.
Manchester's first Chinese restaurant, Ping Hong, opened in the area in 1948, on the eve of a Chinese immigration wave that would commence during the 1950s.Manchester, being neither a port city nor a capital city, such as Liverpool and London, respectively, did not have a significant Chinese population, reaching only about 2000.However, after World War II, there were severe labour shortages, and in response, the government passed the British Nationality Act 1948, which allowed easier access into the country. Additionally, Hong Kong's rapid urbanisation meant that many farmers and traditional residents' homes were being destroyed by the urban sprawl, so many decided to migrate.
The area's beginnings are rooted in the restaurant business, as many Chinese restaurants surfaced soon after the immigration boom. By the 1970s other Chinese businesses began to emerge, such as medicine shops, Chinese supermarkets, as well as financial and legal services, all serving the employees of the expanding number of Chinese restaurants in the area.There was even a Hong Kong government office and a branch of The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation during the 1970s.