My dad also started this little tirade about how ethnic enclaves such as the Chinatowns of San Francisco and Washington, DC were detrimental to a cultural assimilation he saw as both inevitable and necessary. "No one resists it as we Chinese do," he remarked.
"What about Little Italy?" I objected. "Little Tokyo? Little India?"
(The Irish enclaves of Boston and the Russian communities in Chicago, for that matter?)
"Those are different," he mused, but didn't say why.
What do you all think?