the long road from fujian

Here's an interesting NPR Morning Edition story on the large community of Fujianese immigrants that have settled in the eastern part of Manhattan's Chinatown: Chinese Immigrants Chase Opportunity in America. Hailing from China's Fujian Province, hundreds of thousands illegal immigrants have been voluntarily smuggled into the United States looking for jobs and opportunties, together creating a little microcosm of home in America. Many of them make money to send home to their relatives, who can live comfortoably back in China. Interestingly enough, many villages in the Fujian Province are now practically ghost towns due to the large influx of workers going abroad. Here's also a companion story on the long the journey from the Fujian Province to the United States: Smuggled Chinese Travel Circuitously to the U.S.

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