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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On Via Pistoiese, Wenzhounese is the language most commonly heard, while Mandarin is second and Italian a distant third. Say the name “Prato” in Italy, one Pratese told me, and it’s now synonymous with Chinatown.
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.
A field trip to the Museum of Chinese in America: Original dragon lady Anna May Wong, Bing cherries, “Poison Jim” the Squirrel Trapper, and Charlie Chinaman.
If I had any questions about whether Francisco and Bai were more European or more Chinese, their two-cheek kiss-hellos gave me my answer.
Who are the Chinese migrants in Zambia? Why did they venture to Africa? And what are their lives like today? Q&A with ethnographer Solange Guo Chatelard.
True or False: Anybody can immigrate to the U.S. legally if they want to. Plus: Why don't illegal immigrants just get on the line to be legal?