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