Chinese NYC is the biggest population of Chinese descent outside of Asia.
Chinese are Latins through the Caribbean. Many came as indentured labor when human slavery was ended. They were the first to understand what had been done to the Africans because they received the same mistreatment.
Jamaica, the Dominican Republic and Cuba have the largest diasporas. They are disappearing, but New York City’s Chinese Spanish restaurants were mostly Chinese Cuban restaurants. Even the Puerto Rican Jíbaro (iconic farmers) has Chinese mixed in.
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New York City’s big Chinese festivals include Lunar New Year in Chinatowns in February and the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens in May or June.
Chinese New York City
New York City has nine Chinatowns. The Metro Region has twelve. The big three are: Manhattan; Flushing, Queens and Sunset Park, Brooklyn.
- Manhattan Chinatowns include the one downtown and another in the East Village.
- Brooklyn has Chinatowns in Bensonhurst, Homecrest and Sunset Park.
- Queens has Chinatowns in Elmhurst, Forest Hills and Little Neck.
Manhattan Chinatown has two parts. The original Chinatown around Mott St.
Chinese New Yorkers
Margaret Chin, the New York City Council member of District #1 is Chinese-American.
The Chinese World
Sun Tzu (ca 500 BC), the ancient Chinese military strategist, is having a huge impact on the modern world. His book “The Art of War” is required reading for all modern militaries.
One of Sun Tzu’s concepts is that it is easier to defeat an enemy by sowing confusion than by fighting them directly. This is the why our elections are being manipulated and why social media is being used to make us fight amongst ourselves. Make no mistake, it is one of the least expensive, and most successful military campaigns in history.
We are just dumb enough to fall for this very ancient strategy. “United we stand, divided we fall.” When the people are divided, the greatest military in the world is powerless, a waste of resources. While we tear each other apart, others are building their future.
Silk and then porcelain first brought Europe and China together. Romans loved the rich, smooth texture of silk. The “Silk Road” was the old trade route from Venice, Italy to China.
Oranges are originally from China. Moors introduced them to Andalucía, Spain. One of the Spanish-language names for the fruit is “mandarinas.” A mandarin is an old word for a Chinese government official. Spanish conquistadors planted the first orange trees in Florida to protect their sailors from scurvy.
Chinese have great respect for elders, value education, work hard, are patient, and think in very long time frames – even longer than human lives.
The island of Macao was a Portuguese trading port. It was returned to China in 1999.
Like all barrios, Chinese Americans settled in Chinatowns for their familiar culture and for security against racial violence. Manhattan Chinatown was founded by Chinese who did the dangerous work building the Transcontinental Railroad (1862-1869) through California’s high mountains. An outbreak of serious racial violence (lynchings, pogroms, the whole thing) caused many workers to move to New York City. Some moved to the Caribbean, built the railroads there and basically blended in.
Chinese came to Peru, Mexico and the Caribbean after the legal end of slavery.
Chinese Latin Americans arrived in Peru, Mexico and the Caribbean after the end of legalized human enslavement.
Peru has a large diaspora. Puerto Rican Jíbaro have Chinese mixed in. The Chinese-Spanish restaurants of old New York were actually Chinese-Cuban restaurants.
Tight families, a strong work ethic, and a belief in education enabled Chinese to rise in status. The diaspora has continued to grow in contemporary times.