In the mainstream society, the general view of the Chinese community is that it is homogeneous- a group of migrants from China. But the Chinese population has brought with it the diversity of south-east Asia. Nowadays, the Chinese community in Wales is made up of a variety of different backgrounds, with different standards of education. There are also many British-born and Welsh-born Chinese.
Even though there is little evidence to show who was, and when the first Chinese migrant settled in Wales. We believe that Chinese migration to Wales has a history of at least 100 years. The largest influxes came from 1940’s to 1970’s, mainly from Hong Kong and Guangdong province. A large proportion of Chinese Britons today are the second or third generation of these immigrants. In addition, one of the other streams of Chinese migrants is comprised by asylum seekers and illegal migrants. Since 2000, due to China’s astonishing economic development, there are a significantly increasing number of students coming from mainland China to study in Universities. Meanwhile, more and more, high skilled and well-education Chinese from mainland China are settling in Wales. Nowadays Mandarin has replaced Cantonese as the dominant language used within the Chinese community.