Chinese people in Chile

Chinese people in Chile
Chinese people in Chile
Chinos en Chile
Total population
Estimated from 5,000 to 10,000
Regions with significant populations
Northern Chile, Santiago, Chile

Chilean Spanish, Chinese languages

Related ethnic groups

Overseas Chinese

Chinese Chileans are Chileans of Chinese descent. There is a Chinatown in Santiago, Chile where the majority of an estimated 5,000 to 10,000 Chinese Chileans live.[citation needed]


Migration history

Between 1,200 and 1,500 Chinese workers in Peru offered support to the Chilean side in the War of the Pacific (1879-1883) and thus went to Chile at the war's end.[1]

Notable people

  • Oscar Lee Chong former footballer
  • Alfonso Leng post-romantic composer of classical music
  • Jorge Peña Hen musician/composer
  • Rung Fang Cheng dancer and participant Rojo
  • Diego Lin Chou writer
  • Viviana Shieh singer

See also


  1. ^ Chou 2004, Ch. 3


  • (Spanish) Chou, Diego Lin (2004), Chile y China: inmigración y relaciones bilaterales (1845-1970), Santiago de Chile: Instituto de Historia/Centro de Investigaciones Diego Barros Arana, ISBN 9562441652 

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