Chinese Peru

Chinese School in Peru

Several hundred years ago, slaves were transported to South America. Among those slaves were many from China, hence they were called “Chino”.  After being brought there as slaves, another wave of immigrants came on their own terms to find work. Calle Capón, one of the earliest Chinatowns in the Americas was in Lima, Peru.

The workers who came to Peru to look for work also found love. Because they were almost exclusively males, they got married to natives, Europeans or women of African descent. Today it is estimated that over 1.3 million Peruvians consider themselves to be Chinese-Peruvian.  In 1999, a Chinese-Peruvian by the name of Victor Joy Way became the Prime Minister of Peru.

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