5 comments on “The Chinese-Trinidadians

  1. I understand how u feel. i am from trinidad myself, with partial chinese ancestry. i live in the US now and even here I feel like a minority because people just don’t understand our country and they think we speak badly or that we are jamaican because of an accent. i came here as a child, and as much as i have americanized myself, it is not the same because i come home to my family and its as if i never left trinidad.

    i have actually been trying to find information on my own family tree, but being that i do not speak or understand chinese i have not gotten much information. I also have been hearing about th epossible triads and the problems it causing the chinese in trinidad..it reminds me of the muslim terrorists in the US. people will alwayus find a way to separate one another and prove one is better than the other. it is so unfortunate but we can only hope for the best 🙂

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    • Thanks for your comment. Yes, discrimination is always around everywhere and the most we can do is highlight it and try not to practice it ourselves.
      The Triads issue is not exactly completely false, but it’s been blown up by the Trinidadian media along with the increased immigration.

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  2. Hey Mr Yip, your friend Candace here, i thoroughly enjoyed your points of view on your articles you have well written before us. I too am from Chinese decent and have recently been searching family roots back to china and have found that my great great grand father was from Sam Shui Guangdong Province in China. But can’t seem to get much details from there. My Great Great Grand father name was HoHow, who came as an indentured labourer and was from a well off family of farmers. No one can doubt the chinese influence on our little country Trinidad and Tobago and what the chinese has brought to the table. They are hard working dedicated people and alot of other races will do well to benefit from their humbleness as well.

    I too have fallen into the category, where American’s don’t understand us and think I a from Jamaica, or Barbados or any other tourist destination island and they often know nothing about Trinidad, but very few do which was a delight.

    Crime will never cease and as the years goes on it becomes more rampant, unless you can change a man then you can change alot. The hard part about it is that the Government does nothing about it because their officials are just as corrupted. So all we can do is pray.

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  3. I’m Trini, but not Chinese..but the hyper over the new recent immigrants is overblown. They don’t harm anyone and the taxes they generate with their stores help the economy. Better than a lot of Trinis who are lazy, poor work ethic, entitled, wanting fast money, involved in gangs and drugs. Each new wave of immigration to a country they’re always the scapegoats. My issue is just the language barrier, i don’t know how to communicate with them which can be a bit annoying at times; and the fact i’m worried about their eating habits. But other than that, they don’t harm anyone. I think it would take a generation or two with their children growing up in trinidad who learn the language things should be ok. I’m shocked at Trinidadians thinking Chinese culture is ‘new’ to trinidad!

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    • Thanks for your comment on my old post. I think Chinese immigrants are often hardworking as well. Just as previous generations of Chinese immigrants have integrated, so hopefully will these new ones. Indeed, Chinese culture isn’t new to Trinidad because Chinese have been in Trinidad for over 150 years!

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