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Recollections of a Distant Shore: Chinese in New Zealand 1842-2016


The history of the New Zealand Chinese began with Cantonese cabin steward Appo Hocton's arrival in Nelson in 1842. According to the latest census conducted in 2013, the Chinese comprise about 3.7% of today's New Zealand population: over 170,000 people. These include recent migrants primarily originating from China, but also many other parts of the world, with about one quarter being local-born.

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