Chinese immigrants helped give reggae its start in Kingston, Jamaica. They brought chowmein to Calcutta, India, “became black” in South Africa, and are remaking fast fashion in Prato, Italy.
Today 40 million people of Chinese descent live outside China. Collectively, they represent the largest diaspora in the world.
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My visit to Calcutta's Pei May Chinese high school. Where were all the students? And why have so many of the city's Chinese leather tanners left India for Toronto?
Candy Jorian, a producer, tells me that when she was hired to start the program, her Indonesian bosses couldn't even tell if her Mandarin was good enough for her to be an anchor (it was).
In a Telegraph article today a top Chinese translator warned that English words are invading the Chinese language. "If we do not pay attention and we do not take measures to stop Chinese mingling with English, Chinese will no longer be a pure language in a couple of years..."