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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True or False: “The Chinese are very clever. They’re not like other immigrants, who can be pretty thick." Q&A with a Chinese Italian about the conflict in Prato.
Prato, Italy. It's a classic Chinese immigrant story in many ways. Except for the whole mafia / sweatshop labor / human trafficking / prostitution / tax evasion thing.
"Our school was burned down. All of it. Every time I tell the story, my heart beats so fast. People were running everywhere..."