Chinese arrived in Texas over a century ago. But Chinatown did not appeared until 1950s when a small "commercial" Chinatown developed in Houston in the 1950s, consisting of shops, a theater, and restaurants but not residences. However, Over the past ten years, the Asian population in Houston has grown from 14,000 in 1980 to approximately 200,000 in 1995. And Chinatown in Houston has been dramatically developed.
Today there are two Chinatowns in Houston. The "old" Chinatown is located at the heart of Houston downtown and the "new" Chinatown is located on southwest Houston on Bellaire Boulevard. The total area of the "new" Chinatown developed since 1980 is the largest Chinatown in the United States, according to the description of Charter Equity, Inc., Houston, TX.