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A decade later, though, many Asian-American families started to move to the suburbs, in part because of rising tensions during the civil rights movement, said Chin, who cited the city’s 1968 riot in response to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination as a turning point.

But the Chins stayed, and in the ’80s, they hoped to revitalize and rebrand Chinatown as Asiantown, an inclusive area for residents of all Asian backgrounds, she said.

They envisioned a museum, medical center and a colorful pagoda on Park Avenue that would serve as a neighborhood entrance.

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