Number of Overseas Chinese

One of the eye openers about China is the number of ethnic Chinese people who live outside China.  Some notable numbers from Wikipedia:

  • The United States has 3 million Chinese, of whom 2 million claim not to speak English “very well”.
  • Canada has 1.3 million ethnic Chinese – almost 4% of the population
  • In Australia and New Zealand the Chinese population is around 2.5% of the total population
  • France and the United Kingdom each have around 300,000 ethnic Chinese people
  • Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia have a combined Chinese population of 22.8 million.  As they tend to be more wealthy than their non-Chinese neighbours, that’s quite a nice market.

That looks like quite a few valuable niches to market to.


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