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Montreal's Chinatown developed during the 1860s, with the arrival of immigrants from the American West. Originally grouped in ghettos as a means of self-defense against ostracism, the Chinese population in the area declined in the 1950s. Persons of Asian descent now reside throughout the city; primarily retirees and newly arrived immigrants live in Chinatown. On Sundays, however, many families gather in the area, and all shops are open. Restricted to and frequently jammed with pedestrians, these few blocks of Rue de la Gauchetière have become the social hub of Montreal's Far Eastern community. Two large Chinese-style arches (1963) span Rue de la Gauchetière, and a series of bronze medallions on the ground represent Chinese virtues. Murals along Rue Saint-Urbain depict Oriental legends such as that of the Monkey King. On Rue Clark, a small park is dedicated to Sun-Yat-Sen (1866-1925), "Father of the Republic and Founder of Modern China." Erected in 1826, the Maison Wing (1009 Rue Côté), one of the oldest houses in the neighbourhood, is now a bakery supplying fortune cookies for restaurants throughout the city.

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