Chinese Alumni of Asansol Schools

Asansol is known to many here as the town 200 km from Calcutta where many of Dhapa’s residents went to school. Asansol is home to three pre-Independence schools that have a storied history – St. Patrick’s, Loreto Convent, and St. Vincent’s. Now, a nonprofit global alumni group for St. Patrick’s is seeking to help reconnect old classmates of these three schools and renew old links to the Indian Chinese community. Given the anticipated growth in China-India business and trade, they are also interested in exploring ways to help current students learn more about Chinese language and culture, beyond just Hakka cuisine. Those who may know any alumni of these schools (or their children) should direct them to http://www.asansolschools.com/ and alumni of St. Patrick’s can join that particular group at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/patricks/.

Here is an op-ed article in The Statesman from 2006 that describes the educational vision these alumni have.


  1. Moi says:

    I like the concepts of above non-profit global alumni of St Patricks and other schools to rediscover Chinese roots & identity in India and to set-up a framework that goes beyond just Hakka cuisine.

    Firstly, Indian Chinese as a minority community group should not split itselves into Hakka, Cantonese, Hubei, Shanghainese, See Ip, Tung On, Shan Tung, Nam Soon etc…they all are part of one Chinese family; within India – they jointly represent one body. No distinction between Old Chinatown in Tiretti Bazaar and Dhapa, Tangra.

    Secondly, interests in this blog should be broadly based on all interests that would bring about a stronger, happy and cohesive community within the folds of mainstream Indians. Mutual respect should be enhanced; lack of trust and suspicion should be things of the past.

    Thirdly and lastly, learning the Chinese language is not longer a monopoly of the Chinese anymore. People all over the world are interested and now can speak and write Chinese. Kevin Rudd, the Prime Minister of Australia speaks fluent Mandarin and writes Chinese, so are many Americans and British diplomats who not only speak and write Chinese, but are well versed with the cultures and history. The ex-Prime Minister of UK, Tony Blair’s sons learn Chinese language. Many Indians in Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia speak and write fluent Chinese. Like Meiyang Chang, Indian Chinese favourite son, a few Indians have also gained entry into the entertainment fields to play roles in Chinese drama.

    Wish all success to this pioneering group of alumni. Great job.