Aging in Chinatowns: the Meaning of Place and Aging Experience for Older Immigrants

Xiayu Chen, Yuanyuan Hu, Qingwen Xu, Yu Xie

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The concept of “Aging in place” has not been fully validated among older immigrant groups living in diverse cultures. The study used a qualitative research approach and interviewed Chinese immigrant older adults across three Chinese enclave communities in New York City to identify whether Chinatowns are a place for Chinese immigrants to age and explore their experience of aging in Chinatowns. The findings showed that Chinese immigrants did consider Chinatown as the place, which conveyed practical, linguistic, social, emotional and cultural meaning. Aging in Chinatown, older adults sought independence, security, and autonomy through various social resources. However, older adults, especially newly arrived immigrants, have faced obstacles that undermine their aging experience. Older immigrants’ unique aging experience has provided profound insight in understanding migration and AIP, which help develop proper policies and programs to support the AIP initiative.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)375-391
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2022


  • Aging in place
  • Chinatown
  • Chinese immigrant
  • Enclave

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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