Life in India

The first Chinese settlers in India and their descendants pursued a wide range of economic activities, and forged a unique identity in a foreign land.



Achhipur, a small village 33 kilometers south of Calcutta, is remembered as the place where the first Chinese arrived in Bengal.

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Calcutta is the only Indian city to have had a large presence of the Chinese Indian community, with two Chinatowns and an extensive network of community institutions.

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Elsewhere in India

Outside Calcutta, the Chinese Indian community had settled in North Bengal, Assam, Meghalaya and other cities such as Bombay, Bangalore and Delhi.

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India-China War

India China War

The India-China War in 1962 had a significant impact on the Chinese Indian community and is a watershed year in their history in India.

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