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Abstract

Introduction. This is a study of the relocation patterns of Chinese-Canadian residents in an area undergoing urban renewal in Vancouver in the late 1960's. The study shows the inadequacies of simplistic social planning. The study indicates the need to understand the variety of responses to forced relocation, based on social class, the stage in the family life cycle and ethnicity. The study points out the different ways various families view the old neighborhood and the Chinese community as a whole, and, as part of this, how they view urban renewal. The study shows how housing and residential preferences relate to these factors.

We have found some important differences in the way in which the groups of families reacted to the relocation experience. By aggregating the information from our findings, a profile of a "typical" family in each of the relocation groups can be illustrated; showing the characteristics likely to be found in each group.

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