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"This study sets a new standard for Asian American scholarship... Exhaustively researched, deftly argued, beautifully written, and sumptuously illustrated, New York before Chinatown is one of the best books on Asian immigration and its impact on American culture ever written."

"An outstanding book. It simply leaves you wanting more!"

"This fascinating book by Professor Tchen is required reading for anyone interested in the history of New York City."

"New York before Chinatown is a large, ambitious, and impressive work—one of the very best and certainly one of the most original studies of its kind."