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The Chinese Community in Atlanta

WithJianli Zhao

This chapter describes some of the Chinese organizations in detail, one cultural organization, two religious, and one business association. The metropolitan Atlanta area is home to a large and growing ethnic population, estimated at 300,000 in 1990. The Immigration Act of 1965 created an entirely new system of regulating immigration to the United States. The profound effects of the Immigration Act of 1965, with its emphasis on family unification and encouragement of immigration of skilled and unskilled workers, were shown in major aspects. The development of the Chinese community in Atlanta is closely associated with the population and the number of Chinese businesses in the area. Several such organizations were formed in the 1980s. They include cultural and social organizations, religious institutions, business organizations, and media services. The Atlanta Chinese Community Center is by far the biggest and most influential Chinese community organization in Atlanta.