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China ruling the world?

By WimdeVos  
Oh yes, they're all here, well maybe not the 1.3 billion but a substantial number at least but hey relax its allright, they're all in France.

Couldn't find a picture in a hurry so put this one up I took last May in Paris.

Like everywhere else in the world, the Chinese community in France stands out for its dynamism and its adaptability.

The first record of a Chinese man in France is of Arcade Hoange, who was brought back by Jesuit missionaries to the Versailles court of the Sun King in the late 17th century and oversaw a collection of manuscripts sent as a gift from the Chinese emperor Kangxi.
More than two centuries passed before the first major influx, when around 140,000 Chinese workers mainly from Zhejiang province were brought to France to help the allied effort in World War I. Many succumbed to their atrocious work conditions and are buried in Chinese plots in military cemeteries.

Most of those who survived were sent back in 1918, but a few thousand remained to form the first rooted Chinese community in Paris, based first around the Gare du Lyon in the east of the capital, and then near the Arts et Métiers metro station in the 3rd arrondissement.
Numbers did not significantly increase over the next 50 years, until the expulsions of ethnic Chinese from Vietnam - the Boat People - led to a wave of immigration, and the colonisation of what Parisians now call Chinatown: the high-rise neighbourhood near the Port d'Italie in the 13th arrondissement.

And then since the 1980s has come the mass influx, as economic change in China, globalisation and the proliferation of people-smuggling networks have combined to generate persistent migratory pressure. Today the population is growing at 20 percent a year, according to Picquart.
Many of the new arrivals are "Dongbei," escaping the large-scale de-industrialisation of northeastern China, and therefore of different origins and traditions from the long-settled communities from Indochina and Zhejiang.
While French society reacts nervously towards its five million strong Muslim community, the 600,000 Chinese prompt little concern - mainly because they are discreet, well-behaved and hard-working.

No one wants to brandish the menace of the yellow peril. But France needs to keep tabs on the community and do more to encourage integration. In England if you go to a public library you will see signs in Chinese and other languages. It is a way of encouragiung people out of their community. They don't do enough of that in France.

They are not exactly 35-hour-weekers referring to France's controversial reduction in the working week brought in by the last Socialist government.

"For France, the Chinese are an opportunity... Their economic dynamism, their knowledge-based civilisation and their thirst for success assure them an ever greater place in society," commented the French daily Libération, during the state visit to France in January 2004 by Chinese President Hu Jintao.
"They can be an irreplaceable bridge to a China with which France nurses high hopes of strategic dialogue and rich contracts."

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