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Chinese Haitians

Chinese Haitian
海地華僑 · Hǎidì huáqiáo · Sino-Haïtien
Total population
230
Regions with significant populations
Port-au-Prince
Languages
French · Haitian Creole · Chinese language
Religion
Buddhism · Roman Catholicism
Related ethnic groups
Chinese Caribbean
Chinese Haitians
Traditional Chinese 海地華僑
Simplified Chinese 海地华侨
Alternative Chinese name
Traditional Chinese 海地華裔
Simplified Chinese 海地华裔

Chinese Haitians (French: Sino-Haïtien) are Haitians of Chinese ancestry who immigrated to or was born in Haiti. There are about 230 Chinese people living in Haiti as of 2010.[1]

Overview

Many Chinese people living in Haiti are businessmen in governmental or other businesses while there are other Chinese nationals working in Haitian companies as well. With last names like Wu, Wah, Wawa, Fung, Fong-Ging, Fungcap, were the first known Chinese families arrived in Haiti in the late 1890s, fleeing crumbling dynasties, while continuous waves came into Haiti in the 1970s and 1980s with them mostly coming from Taiwan.[2] There is only one Chinese restaurant in Haiti, the Wujiayuan Restaurant in Pétion-Ville, an upper-class neighborhood in Port-au-Prince. The restaurant was arranged as a shelter during the 2010 Haiti earthquake by China's foreign ministry.[3]

About 230 Chinese were in Haiti at the time of the disaster. Most are safe but eight Chinese police officers on a peacekeeping mission died in a collapsed United Nations building.[4]

Notable people

  • Bernard Wah, renowned painter
  • Rachelle Gauthier, chief editor of VAIN magazine
  • Michael Brun, Haitian DJ
  • Essud Fungcap, Painter

See also

References

  1. ^ "Chinese in Haiti may be evacuated". China Daily. Retrieved 2014-01-04.
  2. ^ "Chinwa: The Untold Story of Chinese-Haitians". Kreyolicious. Retrieved 2014-01-04.
  3. ^ Chinese in Haiti find safe haven
  4. ^ 8 Chinese peacekeepers buried, 10 missing in Haiti