ASIA Comes to Main Street and may Learn to Speak Spanish: Globalization in a Poor Neighborhood in Worcester

Kate Driscoll Derickson and Robert J.S. Ross, “ASIA Comes to Main Street and may Learn to Speak Spanish: Globalization in a Poor Neighborhood in Worcester,” Journal of World-Systems Research, Volume XIII, Number 2, 2008, 179-197. 

From the article: Walk just one block in either direction along Main Street in front of the Clark University campus in Worcester, Massachusetts, in the neighborhood known as Main South, and one cannot help but notice a series of Asian (Vietnamese) owned businesses – among them three Vietnamese or Vietnamese-Chinese restaurants, two Vietnamese groceries; a trinket shop that rents Asian videos. A bit farther on, more of the same type appear. A cluster of businesses owned by Asian immigrant entrepreneurs in a poor neighborhood with an even larger Latino population in a provincial city does require some explanation.”