In the fourteenth century, the Muslim traveler Ibn Battuta wrote about the many people he’d met on his journeys. He commented that “nowhere in the world are there to be found people richer than the Chinese.” Whatever the truth of his statement, it is undeniably true that there have been few people throughout history who have been as peripatetic as the Chinese. It is therefore no great surprise that Ibn Battuta would have encountered them in his travels.

Although mass waves of Chinese emigration would only begin in earnest in the nineteenth century, there is evidence of Chinese emigration even before the birth of Christ to surprisingly distant lands. And the emigrants were quite successful.

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