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Chinese in the United Kingdom
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The Chinese community in Britain is one of the oldest and largest immigrant communities which can be traced back to the 17th century (Appleton 1951). The first sizeable settlement of Chinese people was in the early 19th century, mostly of seamen, in port cities such as Liverpool and London. Many of them later married non-ethnic-Chinese. The current British Chinese community consists primarily of post-second-world-war migrants from Hong Kong and southeastern provinces of mainland China, their chi…

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LI Wei, “Chinese in the United Kingdom”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 20 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2210-7363_ecll_COM_000180>
First published online: 2015

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