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    Author(s): Tingwei Zhang; Paul H. Gobster
    Date: 1998
    Source: Journal of Architectural Planning and Research 15(4);338-355
    Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
    Station: North Central Research Station
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    Leisure preferences and open space needs were explored within a discrete, homogeneous ethnic community: the Chinese Americans of Chicago's Chinatown. Face-to-face interviews and focus group discussions were used to identify outdoor leisure patterns and preferences, in general, and with respect to new park development being planned for the community. Findings show that although some popular activities are no different from what might be expected for the mainstreum Anglo American population, the meaning and significance of these activities have clear and unique ties to Chinese culture. Preferences for the new Chinatown park development mirror activity prgferences, emphasizing facilities that enhance the natural environment for passive activities. Notable differences in activity preferences were found within the sample of respondents according to age, generational status, and other factors. Park planning considerations and future research needs are identified.

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    Zhang, Tingwei; Gobster, Paul H. 1998. Leisure preferences and open space needs in an. Journal of Architectural Planning and Research 15(4);338-355

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