#chinese-community · 1 year ago

Do Jamaicans have Chinese ancestry?

Do Jamaicans have Chinese ancestry? photo jamaica

In the beginning of the 19th Century, and times between the 1980s and 1990s, the Chinese began to migrate to Jamaica.

Most of which who have Hakka origins, or were Cantonese, and arrived in the country for the prupose of agricultural labor. Mainly being sugar plantations.

The British Parliament decided to attempt recruiting Chinese workers to Jamaica after the abolition of slavery caused a massive labor shortage. The choice of Chinese laborers was because they were seen as skilled and hardworking people who could withstand the tough conditions of plantation work. They also believed that the Chinese would be more compliant and not demand higher wages.

Despite the challenges and discrimination the Chinese faced, they massively contributed to Jamaican society. As time went on, many Chinese immigrants established businesses or became merchants in Jamaica. Today, there are still many Jamaicans of Chinese ancestry who are proud of their heritage and the contributions their ancestors made to the country.