Several factors are drawing Asian-Americans to the suburbs and away from historic Chinatowns in major cities. "The traditional Chinatown is changing, and in most cities it is no longer the residential, political and cultural center of Asian-American life that it once was," said Arizona State University professor Wei Li, chairman of the Census Bureau's advisory committee on the Asian population. More than 60% of Asian-Americans in major metropolitan areas now reside in the suburbs.

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