Metropole, Migration, Imagination. Chinesenviertel und chinesische Gastronomie in Westeuropa 1900–1970

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The history of 'Chinese quarters' and of migration from China to western European metropolises reveals how migrants have been perceived as a threat to national labour forces and to urban centres. In reality, Chinese people set up economic niches and were eventually accepted as a valuable cultural addition to society. During the first half of the twentieth century, opposition to the presence of Chinese migrants in Hamburg was vehemently articulated in terms of social hygiene. While the
more » ... While the authorities in Rotterdam were initially indifferent, local inhabitants were sympathetic towards unemployed Chinese people who arrived in the early 1930s. In London, the initially tolerant attitude towards these migrants turned into hostility after the First World War. The 1950s and 1960s saw a new phase of Chinese migration in Europe following the success of the Chinese catering trade, which became a key aspect of urban consumer society. Although the cosmopolitan character of western European metropolises has been well-established since the 1970s, this article offers an insight into the long and bumpy path towards a multicultural and multiethnic society.
doi:10.14765/zzf.dok-1901 fatcat:apndaffrcfgmhexsixgyh2hzvy