Kolkata’s love for Chinese-Indians is limited to the cuisine

Every time there is a tension at the border between Indian and Chinese troops, as now in Galwan Valley of Ladakh, Chinese-Indians in Kolkata are looked upon with suspicion. | Photo - Wikimedia

For college students of 1970s’ Calcutta (much before the city was renamed Kolkata), Chinatown used to be a favourite hangout. Located in the narrow alleys of Tangra, it was here that students like Dipankar Roy, now an executive editor with a Shillong-based daily, had their first bite of pork dim sum and got to taste fish shumai.

“Popular Chinese restaurants such as Chung Wah, Peiping, Golden Dragon were there even then, but for college students living on a shoestring budget, the place to go for Chinese delicacies used to be Tangra, where ladies ran eateries in their......