Connecticut

Fortune, friction and decline as casino 'Chinatown' matures

  • In this Wednesday, July 6, 2016 photo, Xu Song Mu, a 62-year-old former Mohegan Sun worker who came from Queens, New York with his family about eight years ago, stands in his vegetable garden planted next to his home in Uncasville, Conn. A Chinese immigrant community has been growing around the Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods casinos for more than a decade. Many have been drawn by the prospect of good paying casino jobs and a quiet suburban life. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    In this Wednesday, July 6, 2016 photo, Xu Song Mu, a 62-year-old former Mohegan Sun worker who came from Queens, New York with his family about eight years ago, stands in his vegetable garden planted next to his home in Uncasville, Conn. A Chinese immigrant community has been growing around the Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods casinos for more than a decade. Many have been drawn by the prospect of good paying casino jobs and a quiet suburban life. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Thursday, June 30, 2016 photo, a vegetable garden grows in front of a home in the Uncasville, Conn. A Chinese immigrant community has been growing around the Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods casinos for nearly two decades. But the establishment of a sort of suburban Chinatown has caused tensions with longtime residents, who complain that too many people are cramming into homes and turning their front lawns into miniature farms. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    In this Thursday, June 30, 2016 photo, a vegetable garden grows in front of a home in the Uncasville, Conn. A Chinese immigrant community has been growing around the Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods casinos for nearly two decades. But the establishment of a sort of suburban Chinatown has caused tensions with longtime residents, who complain that too many people are cramming into homes and turning their front lawns into miniature farms. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Sunday, June 26, 2016 photo, church-goers at the Norwich Chinese Christian Church in Norwich, Conn., participate in a potluck dinner following a Sunday service at the church. A Chinese immigrant community has been growing for more than a decade in Connecticut around two of the nation’s largest casinos. Many have been drawn by good-paying jobs and a quieter life. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    In this Sunday, June 26, 2016 photo, church-goers at the Norwich Chinese Christian Church in Norwich, Conn., participate in a potluck dinner following a Sunday service at the church. A Chinese immigrant community has been growing for more than a decade in Connecticut around two of the nation’s largest casinos. Many have been drawn by good-paying jobs and a quieter life. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)  (The Associated Press)

A Chinese immigrant community has been growing around two of the nation's largest casinos for more than a decade.

Many have been drawn from New York and Boston by good-paying jobs at the Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods resorts and a quiet suburban life among the otherwise sleepy towns along Connecticut's Thames (THAYMZ') River.

But the establishment of a sort of suburban Chinatown has caused tensions with longtime residents, who complain that too many people are cramming into homes and turning their front lawns into miniature farms.

Officials say problems like "hot-bedding" have diminished over time and residents have learned to live with their new neighbors.

But Stephen Fan, a designer who has created an art exhibit on the Chinese community, says more could be done to improve relations.