Tel Aviv’s Chinatown
What city is this?
If you guessed Tel Aviv, you’re right.
Anyone who spends the weekends in this town knows that in certain neighborhoods there is a significant and visible presence of workers from across the Far East. Fili’s World offers a terrific gallery of pictures of Asian workers in the city and ponders their growing numbers and influence.
It has become a reality – Israel has its own Little Asia in the heart of Tel-Aviv. Up till a few years ago, Israel only had a few Asian immigrants that Israel embraced when they escaped from horrors in their own country , but in the past few years, ever since Israel has significantly decreased Palestinians coming in due to security considerations, Asians have been allowed to come and work in Israel, forming a completely new society within.
Seems like Israeli fascination with Asians is contagious as one of my friends has started a new project in photography – Asian foreign workers in Israel. Every Friday and Saturday the Asian foreign workers get together in a Tel-Aviv neighborhood to hang out and do some shopping. If it wasn’t for the occasional Hebrew, there was no way of telling this is really in TelAviv and not in China or Manila. I’ve seen crowds of Philippians in Jerusalem’s downtown and the occasional Chinese pals walking the streets after a hard day’s work, but this is something else.