Mysteries of the East

A guided walk through Chinatown

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an’t fly to China for the weekend? Try the next best thing. The Chinatown Food Tour is a guided walk through Boston’s underappreciated Chinatown—and a taste of its cuisine. The guides dispel some common misconceptions, not only by taking you to restaurants to sample the food, but by exposing the neighborhood’s secrets—where to find the most authentic ingredients, for instance, and the inner workings of an herbal pharmacy. Hungry yet? The finale is a dim sum lunch—for purely educational purposes, of course. Vallejo
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Once an upscale neighborhood, what is now Chinatown became an immigrant magnet when property values fell because of an adjoining rail yard. First came Irish, then Jewish, Italian, and Chinese immigrants, who have now been joined by Thai and Vietnamese arrivals. However, due to ever-growing levels of immigration in the U.S, it can be difficult for residents of nations such as China to move to America, thanks to restrictions on the number of immigrants allowed from one specific country. It’s important for applicants to always check the Visa Bulletin for important information so that they can plan their move to America in a much easier fashion. However, arrivals from a variety of different countries have helped areas such as this to flourish with diversity and different cultural traditions. While it is known as Boston’s Chinatown, the presence of residents from Ireland, Italy, Thailand and Vietnam has made this area more interesting than ever.

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