JENNIFER LEE INTERVIEWED IN THE NEW YORK TIMES ON THE SYMBOLISM OF THE DECLINATION OF CHINESE RESTAURANTS
Sociologist Jennifer Lee was interviewed in the NY Times on Chinese restaurant closures that seem to correlate to the economic mobility of second generation Chinese Americans.
By Amelia Nierenberg and Quoctrung Bui
KINGSTON, N.Y. — More than 40 years after buying Eng’s, a Chinese-American restaurant in the Hudson Valley, Tom Sit is reluctantly considering retirement.
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Two years ago, at the insistence of his wife, Faye Lee Sit, he started taking off one day a week. Still, it’s not sustainable. He’s 76, and they’re going to be grandparents soon. Working 80 hours a week is just too hard. But his grown daughters, who have college degrees and well-paying jobs, don’t intend to take over.
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