Kolkata once boasted a significant Chinese population, numbering in the tens of thousands with its own schools, social clubs and festivals. But the city’s Chinese community has dwindled in population over the years.
The Kolkata to Kunming (K2K) Forum, that seeks to strengthen sub-regional economic cooperation between India and China, will deliberate on seven sectors for greater collaboration at its ninth session here Nov 21-22.
Regional Councillor Joe Li was elected to Markham Council in 2010. He is the first Hakka Chinese from India elected to hold public office in Canada and the first Council member with Indian background in Markham and the Region of York.
“You see … I’m Chinese, I was born in India, I’m Catholic and living in the United States, so it’s complicated,” Joseph Hou says with a laugh, sitting at the bar of his restaurant Szechuan 132.