Boston’s Chinatown: Beyond Stereotypes, Food, and Boundaries

Boston's Chinatown started on Harrison Avenue around 1880 to serve as the center for the Chinese in the Greater Boston area. Today, Chinatown has evolved into an active residential neighborhood and a vital commercial and services center for Greater Boston.

Tunney Lee was born in Taishan, Guangdong, China; grew up in Boston's Chinatown; and attended the Quincy School and Boston Latin. Professor Lee is retired from MIT's Department of Urban Studies and Planning, and from the Department of Architecture at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Part of the Boston Public Library's Local & Family History Lecture Series, now in its 10th year of sharing information about the history of Boston and its neighborhoods along with tips and guides for those beginning their own genealogical research.