Asian Diversification in Flushing

Flushing has not only the largest concentration of Koreans but also the largest cluster of other Asian Americans cultures. If you get closer to Main Street you will find only a few non-minority people on the 7 Train even during rush hours. When you get off the train and exit onto Main Street you will discover several blocks of Main Street changing rapidly into a bustling Chinese business district, almost like a new Chinatown. There are many Chinese restaurants, Chinese bakeries, grocery stores and a number of Chinese owned banks within a five block radius. As you walk south on Main Street, store signs change into Korean lettering. Along Union Street and Roosevelt Avenue around the subway station, you will find a dense concentration of Korean owned stores with signs in both English and Korean. There are several large Korean Restaurants, Fish Markets, Butcher Shops, Dress Shops, Beauty Salons, Barber Shops, and a Grocery Store on nearly every corner. Even further south on Main Street near the Queens Botanical Garden, East Indian stores can be seen. Flushing is considered to be a "second Chinatown" or even "Little Taipei" or "Little Seoul".

Why Flushing?

why_flushing.jpgAsian immigrants continue to move to Flushing mainly to find better economic opportunities, search for political freedom and to ensure a better education for their children. In addition, Flushing is close to New York's largest business district in Manhattan and to other job centers and ethnic communities in the city. The transportation advantages of Flushing, particularly the subway and the bus routes provide relatively easy access to their jobs. Another important reason why Asian immigrants choice Flushing as their residence is due to inexpensive housing. Flushing is dominated by multifamily housing units and apartment buildings, which are suitable and affordable for new immigrant families, especially if they are prepared to live with multiple family members for a short time to save on rent. In addition to affordable housing and transportation, Asian immigrants chose to find a safe and acceptable place to live. Flushing is perceived to be a relatively safe area to live, compared to many other inner city neighborhoods in New York.