"For a Chinatown to happen, you need a viable living residential base first and foremost," said study co-author Mr. Leong. "Then businesses [can] come in. Businesses will go where the profits are, where they know there will be a host of patrons that will utilize their services. That isn't the case in D.C.'s Chinatown."
The report represents "a sound warning to all of us that Chinatowns are turning into a sanitized ethnic playground for the rich to satisfy their exotic appetite for a dim sum and fortune cookie fix," said Andrew Leong, a co-author of the study and a professor at the University of Massachusetts-Boston's College of Public and Community Service.