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View Poll Results: Which N.American City has the Best Asian Subculture?
Los Angeles (San Gabriel Valley)/ Orange County 14 11.97%
San Francisco Bay Area 53 45.30%
Sacramento 3 2.56%
NYC (Queens) 14 11.97%
Northern Virginia (Fairfax County) 1 0.85%
Vancouver 14 11.97%
Toronto 5 4.27%
Honolulu 13 11.11%
Voters: 117. You may not vote on this poll

 
 
Old 03-30-2010, 11:50 PM
 
Location: Both coasts
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Which of these cities with prominent Asian populations have the most interesting or vibrant Asian subculture- ('Asian' in general not specific ethnicity)...regarding things like restaurants, Chinatown/ Asian districts, etc etc...Extra points for presence/ extent of subculture within smaller metro area (thus Sacramento included)

Also, for people who have spent time in the following places, would you say the General Asian subcultures are very distinct from place to place?

There are some trends that affect things- for instance, Southern CA has a stronger presence of Cambodians, Laotians, Thais, etc. whom are not common in Seattle or Vancouver...

LA/ Orange County

San Francisco Bay Area

Sacramento

Seattle

NYC

Northern VA (Fairfax County)

Vancouver

Toronto

Honolulu
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Old 03-31-2010, 12:08 AM
 
Location: Spain
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Which of these cities with prominent Asian populations have the most interesting or vibrant Asian subculture- ('Asian' in general not specific ethnicity)...regarding things like restaurants, Chinatown/ Asian districts, etc etc...Extra points for presence/ extent of subculture within smaller metro area (thus Sacramento included)

Also, for people who have spent time in the following places, would you say the General Asian subcultures are very distinct from place to place?

There are some trends that affect things- for instance, Southern CA has a stronger presence of Cambodians, Laotians, Thais, etc. whom are not common in Seattle or Vancouver...

LA/ Orange County

San Francisco Bay Area

Sacramento

Seattle

NYC

Northern VA (Fairfax County)

Vancouver

Toronto

Honolulu
I have only limited experience in many of these cities, but I can say that the only place I have found in the U.S. that truly makes me feel like I'm in the heart of Asia is Chinatown in San Francisco (of course I haven't ever actually been to Asia, so I wouldn't really know ). I saw Chinatown in Manhattan at night so I didn't really get a good feel for the area.
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Old 03-31-2010, 06:43 AM
 
Location: Willowbend/Houston
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It would have to be Vancouver, Honolulu, San Francisco, Toronto, LA, and NYC in that order.
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Old 03-31-2010, 11:28 AM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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I accidentally voted for SF but Honolulu by far is more heavily Asian than any other city in North America. Asians are the majority and the culture isn't limited to certain neighborhoods and districts like it is in other cities, it's everywhere. All the grocery stores and convenience stores sell lots Asian products there, not just specialty stories. I don't believe you can get rice at McDonald's in any other city in America besides Honolulu.
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Old 05-25-2010, 12:21 AM
 
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia
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1. Los Angeles
2. San Francisco
3. Vancouver
4. Toronto
5. New York

I've visited all cities listed, participated in the Asian nightlife, ate at the Asian restaurants, etc.
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Old 05-25-2010, 12:22 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX/Chicago, IL/Houston, TX/Washington, DC
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San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, Oakland, San Jose
(No particular order)
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Old 05-25-2010, 12:51 AM
 
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia
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San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, Oakland, San Jose
(No particular order)
I thought Chicago had a great nightlife for Asians, well I don't know how old you are but for the 21-35 crowd I thought the clubs were great and had a fun time there.
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Old 05-25-2010, 01:09 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX/Chicago, IL/Houston, TX/Washington, DC
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I thought Chicago had a great nightlife for Asians, well I don't know how old you are but for the 21-35 crowd I thought the clubs were great and had a fun time there.
I'm 20 haha. Chicago, NYC, Boston are pretty good, but nothing beats the west coast for Asian related activities/culture.
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Old 05-25-2010, 06:59 AM
 
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Pago Pago, American Samoa.
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Old 05-25-2010, 08:03 AM
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Location: Queens, NY
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the poll isn't fair. you can't compare one borough to a metro area and a bunch of cities.
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