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Bangkok's Chinatown seeks to preserve its soul

New transit links are a mixed blessing that could to alter the character of a historic district

BANGKOK -- As the seething commercial heart of Bangkok's mainstay Sino-Thai community, Chinatown has survived political upheavals and economic downturns over nearly two centuries. But the advent of the area's first metro station is being seen by residents as a mixed blessing that could further erode the historic character of one of the world's largest Chinatowns.

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