There are lots of stories about Chinese immigrants seeking their fortunes in Africa, but what about African immigrants in China. Do they exist? Yes…they do. Are there as many Africans migrating to China as there are Chinese migrating to Africa? Probabily not.
The story of Martha Makuena and Paul Levy is a heartwarming one that tells an often untold story of Africans in China. Martha Makuena and Paul Levy, two immigrants originally from Congo have opened China’s first African hair salon. Martha first arrived in China to join her husband Paul Levy. The couple have three children all of whom were born in China. The salon is staffed by fellow Congolese who Martha recruited directly from Kinshasa, Congo.
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“Before my father died, he told me: ‘My son, if you arrive at a place where you see everyone dancing with their left leg, you do the same thing. Don’t think because you are special, you want to dance with the right leg.’ I have always kept that in mind,” he says.
That is probably why Luyeye makes it a house rule that the family must speak Chinese at home.
These days, Makuena’s Chinese language skills have improved tremendously, along with her appetite for Chinese food.
The last time she went home to the Congo, she was excited to see a table of African dishes. But after a few bites, she did not want to eat anymore.
“It wasn’t until I feasted at a Chinese restaurant that I realized I had finally found the food that belongs to me,” she says.
“My family members joke that I had changed colors in my heart.”
More Here: China Daily