Most people think that chinese or more generally asian people have succeeded globally in many continents because they are great workers etc... maybe and probably true but I won't say that arabs people are not also great workers when you see many arab shops opened at night. So I think it comes from elsewhere, from something that is really unique to this community: it is their "tontine" system in fact it's the french term I don't know the translation in english. What is the tontine system ? The tontine system bypasses the official banking system which is too strict and charges heavy interests whereas the tontine system collects money from people who want to and give it to a person that has a development project there is no interest at all or very low and everything is done for this guy to succeed because when he succeeds it is the success for the community which benefits from subsequent businesses created by the first. Small businesses are targeted mostly and you know what: these small business in Paris Chinatown generates each week as much finance as the shops on Champs Elysees + the whole big stores of Paris ! The Chinatown is also known to have the lowest criminality in Paris. Where there is economic prosperity there is social peace also. Unhappily the community is now being invaded by hong kong drugs trafficants and this can break the system in the future (whereas before it was composed from cambodian and laotian chinese people). They pretend to be cambodians or laotians for example but don't speak a word of cambodian or laotian in fact. The true cambodians and laotians are very angry of that. These hong kong guys have also introduced slavery workers traffic.