Fortune, friction and decline as casino 'Chinatown' matures

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.