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Missing from Chinatown

As Kolkata’s Chinese population dwindles, we discover a story of immigration gone wrong and a community straddling two worlds

India’s dwindling Chinatown

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 buzz around Chinatown is back

KOLKATA: Almost around the same time that Job Charnock anchored here, another foreign settler also chose to settle along the Hooghly, a little to the south of the city, along with 110 of his countrymen. Atchew was a Chinese traveller and finally set up a sugar plantation and mill in Atchipur, South 24-Parganas with his […]

Chinese immigrants – A shrinking community

Wong Ying Sheng – The Deoli Diary

I first met Wong Ying Sheng in early January of 2012 in a Hakka restaurant.  When I walked through the door with my father and uncle, he instantly recognized us and began talking to my father in Hakka.  He then turned to me and said in English, “We’ve been waiting for someone to write our […]

Andy Hsieh – The Deoli Diary

Before his journey to the Deoli Concentration Camp, Andy Hsieh was a student at a boarding school in Shillong, a city that used to be the capital of Assam and is now the capital of the state of Meghalaya.  He was taken at the height of the 1962 Sino-Indian Conflict.

China and India must shed burden of the dead past to move ahead

By Deng Xijun, Charge d’ Affaires, Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in India

Mr. and Mrs. Tang – The Deoli Diary

Mr. and Mrs. Tang are a quiet, elderly couple.  When I first arrived at their home, they looked slightly uncomfortable and hesitant.  I could tell that they were somewhat wary of what I was going to ask of them.  For their sake, I have given them pseudonyms in this narrative.

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