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Scenes from Flushing, Queens: New York’s Largest Chinatown

A person cleans the sidewalk in front of Ma Lu Bian Bian, a popular Chinese restaurant on Prince St, Flushing. May 4, 2022 Photo by Alex Li

Flushing, Queens, is home to nearly 100,000 Chinese Americans. Many first-generation immigrants started to move into the neighborhood in the 1970s and established a satellite version of Manhattan’s Chinatown as Mandarin speaking members of the Chinese community faced cultural and communication barriers with the Cantonese speaking population in Manhattan’s Chinatown. The diversity of the Mandarin speaking population helped Flushing to become famous for its variety in regional cuisines, political and religious organizations as well as in languages. As one of the largest and fastest growing Chinese enclaves in the world, Flushing has also been named as the Chinese cultural center outside of Asia.

Wedding clothes on display at a bridal shop on Roosevelt Ave. May.4, 2022 Photo by Alex Li

A bowl of curry soup, a package of pork blood, a recipe book, a postcard and a banana peel on the sidewalk of Roosevelt Ave, Flushing. Apr. 13, 2022 Photo by Alex Li

Restaurant workers on break. Apr. 13, 2022 Photo by Alex Li

Members of the religious and political organization Falun Dafa protest against the Chinese Government. Falun Dafa is the biggest opposition party to the Chinese Community Party, any form of association with Falun Dafa is a crime in China. Apr.23, 2022 Photo by Alex Li

A person with signs promoting witchcraft sits near the Queens Public Library. Mar.19,2022 Photo by Alex Li

A man sells Chinese antiques on Main St, Flushing. Apr.20, 2022 Photo by Alex Li

Two men walk on the sidewalk of Roosevelt Ave in Flushing. Apr. 13, 2022 Photo by Alex Li

Residents of Flushing gather for card games next to an elderly care center. Apr. 13, 2022 Photo by Alex Li

A woman who collects plastic bottles from trash cans across the neighborhood. Apr. 13, 2022 Photo by Alex Li