Did you know that 13 percent of the Panama population is Chinese? And I'm sure many other people from Panama are mixed with Chinese, like myself. Panama has the largest Latin American community of Chinese, there are even schools for Chinese. Even some non Chinese Panamanians have went to these schools and became fluent in possibly the world's most hardest language. Most of these ethnic Chinese people live in the province Chirique, which I believe my mom lived in for a period of time.
So, let's get into a brief reasoning on why so. The first Chinese labourers had came to Panama in 1854 of March 30th on the Clipper Sea Witch - they were there to work on the railroad that would be then established in Jamaica. Since I child I was told the reason why we were mixed with Chinese was because my great great Grandfather came to work on the Panama canal. My great Grandfather may be Chinese but he also had British nationality. Not sure where he was born.
The ethnic Chinese had also faced problems from being unwanted in Panama. Though, the Chinese played a crucial role in Panama, so they weren't going to go anytime soon. There were also a lot of immigration from Taiwan and mainland China. 80,000 new immigrants came from mainland China and 300 from Taiwan. My great grandfather was from Hong Kong.
Messy essay draft I know. I just feel like writing a topic and this seemed like an interesting one to me. Might add on to it but I can't right now.