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Chinese migrant family.
|about 40,000 (2011)|
|Regions with significant populations|
|Paramaribo · Wanica|
|Hakka Chinese · Sranan Tongo|
|Related ethnic groups|
Chinese Surinamese are residents of Suriname with a Chinese background. Chinese Surinamese are a small part of the Surinamese people. The majority of the Chinese Surinamese consider Hakka, Dongguan or Meixian as their ancestral homes.
Many Chinese Surinamese are active in the retail and business community. Six percent of the Chinese in the Netherlands are from Suriname.
The government of Java recruited a group of 18 Chinese for contract labor in the Catharina Sophia plantation in Saramacca. Because of the high acquisition costs it was decided to get a second group, not from Java, but from China instead. In 1858, 500 Chinese laborers were recruited by the Dutch consul in Macau. They arrived in Suriname in April, but it turned out that no one wanted to hire people to do work that slaves would do "for free".
Because of this the contract with the Chinese was changed without their knowledge by Governor Charles Pierre Schimpf in favor of the employers. The Chinese could now be treated like slaves. When they would revolt against this, they were, without due process and contrary to existing regulations, punished by police with cane strokes, an unlawful act that was repeated again and again.
An interpellation (formal request for information) to the Minister of Colonies Jan Jacob Rochussen did not help.
In the 1850s and 1860s, about 2,500 Chinese people went to Suriname. Most were employed as contract laborers on the plantations. After their contracts expired, many found opportunities in trade, mostly in food retail.
Others Chinese came to Suriname as free laborers, traders and shop assistants, especially in the 1950s and 1960s. Further large numbers came in the 1990s. In 2007 there were over 70,000 Chinese in Suriname, and the immigration is still ongoing. The rapidly growing demand in China for wood and minerals makes Suriname very attractive to Chinese businesses. The new Chinese migrants from northern China are known in Suriname as "salt-water-Chinese".
Since the 1960s, thousands of Chinese have emigrated from Suriname to the Netherlands.
The Chinese for a long time held a prominent position in small and medium business and their mostly well-educated offspring of mixed blood or Chinese blood can be found in various social sectors. Also, the Surinamese people have adopted several Chinese customs.
- Surinamese people of Chinese origin
- Abigail Lie A Kwie, Politician from Pertjajah Luhur Party and deputy minister of Agriculture
- Anton Jie Sam Foek, first broadcast correspondent for the Netherlands in Latin America
- Cerezo Fung a Wing, football player
- Henk Chin A Sen, Former President of Suriname, 1980 - 1982, Internist
- Michael Jong Tjien Fa, Politician from Pertjajah Luhur Party
- Roy Ho Ten Soeng, the first mayor in the Netherlands from foreign origin
- Humberto Tan (or rather Humberto Tan-A-Kiam), radio and television presenter, writer.
- Dutch people of Chinese-Surinamese origin
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