Everybody knows Chinatown but where was the centre of Chinese life before the war?
There are 120,000 Chinese in London. Chinese people constitute the fourth largest Asian group in London(behind the Indians, Pakistanis and Bangladeshis respectively).
The educational success of the younger, British-born Chinese has brought professional and economic prosperity to the Chinese community and it’s the fastest growing ethnic group in the UK.
WHERE DO THEY LIVE?
It’s the oldest Chinese community in Europe and the Chinese are spread more or less across the entire city but mainly in Barnet, Haringey, Waltham Forest, Hackney, Southwark and Westminster.
London’s first Chinatown sprang up around the East End’s Limehouse district in the 1880s. It remained a vibrant community until the Blitz and a postwar slump in shipping led to its decline. Only a few street names, and a Chinese Sunday School stand as a reminder.
HOW TO REACH THEM THROUGH THE SPECTRUM RADIO NETWORK
The principal language of the London Chinese community is Cantonese and. The Chinese from the People's Republic of China tend to speak Mandarin.
The Spectrum radio Network allows access to all these communities. One of the Networks oldest programmes in Chinese Spectrum now on DAB daily from 6pm to 9pm. Originally in Cantonese it now has programmes in Mandarin and English too.
China Radio International (CRI) comes from Beijing daily and is on 558 AM in English from 4pm to 6pm and in Mandarin from 9pm to 11pm. Both services are also available online.