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    Chinese restaurants are decreasing in number, maybe.

    By Jennifer 8. Lee | December 20, 2019

    Front-page article in The New York Times by Amelia Nierenberg and Quoctrung Bui about how Chinese restaurants are declining both in relative and absolute number in major metropolitan areas (based on Yelp data).

    The hypothesis is basically that the children don’t want to take over the restaurants and there aren’t an additional way of Chinese immigrants (e.g. the Fujianese) who can take over. As I said restauranteurs told me, “We cook so our children don’t have to.” And the children don’t have to.

    Also fun fact about this article, there are two Jennifer Lees interviewed in the piece. One is me. The other is Jennifer Lee, a professor of sociology at Columbia University and co-author of “The Asian American Achievement Paradox.” As the Times put it, “She is not related to Jennifer 8. Lee.”

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