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Chinese New Year celebrations, across the world many celebrated with spectacular firework displays. Here in Rotterdam we had very, very loud crackers. Not everyone enjoyed the show.

The Chinese represent one of the oldest immigrant communities in the Netherlands. Arriving around 1890, the numbers grew to several thousand in 1910-1911. Since the Second World War, Chinese immigration into the Netherlands has been on the increase and the combined assets of this group have swelled considerably when compared to those of many larger immigrant communities in the country. Moreover, the Chinese have organized themselves to be able to call for proper attention to be paid to their significance, and particularly to highlight their human and economic potential for both the sending and receiving societies. Their process of socio-economic adaptation collectively reflects how Chinese immigrants have developed themselves in a relatively peaceful and lenient environment.

source University of Leiden

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