The Chinese from Bengal
Updated: Oct 6, 2020
In the early 1960s, Britain saw a sudden influx of Chinese from India. Having fled poverty and famine in southern China, they had set up home in Calcutta, India, and over the space of a century built up a strong and thriving community there. But with the Sino-Indian bor- der dispute of 1962 looming, they were forced to uproot yet again. Certificates of Identity from the British authorities provided them with an escape route from persecution and many found their way to London and Liverpool. Fluent in English, educated and skilled, they contributed to the white-collar workforce that post-War Britain so greatly needed. This is their story: a story of courage, hardship and perseverance.