Breaking borders into Lima’s often overlooked cultural and culinary destination, Chinatown.
If you’ve been to Lima, you’ve probably seen chifas, Peruvian-Chinese restaurants, all over the city. They are the most iconic symbol of Peru’s significant population of Chinese immigrants and their descendants.
After Brazil, Peru is probably the Latin American country with the largest population of Asian immigrants. They have primarily come from China or Japan at times in history when Peru was in need of labor for resource extraction. This legacy is preserved in Central Lima today.
Lima’s Chinatown is beautifully decorated with a traditional gateway, Chinese Zodiac symbols engraved into the street, and the shops themselves which often display their signs in both Chinese and Spanish.
Breaking Borders brings us into Lima’s Chinatown to talk a little about the culture and hopefully inspire you to check it out for yourself.
Video Courtesy of Breaking Borders Youtube Channel
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