Four city blocks of Port Saint-Louis have been home to a Mauritius' Chinese population for generations; a younger generation is trying to restore its vibrancy. Stephen Ah Sen helps run his family's shop and is dedicated to protecting the neighborhood.
Most Chinese Mauritians study and stay abroad. Jean-Paul Lam and others are trying to reverse the trend and revitalize the area. Schoolchildren help build a dragon to attract tourists and martial arts studios conduct patrols to reduce crime.
An Sen teaches and rehearses for the upcoming Mid-Autumn festival. He hopes it encourages more people to learn about Chinese dance. A group of Chinese Mauritius founded the festival in 1974 to promote Chinese culture.
Students at the Wushu Lion School rehearse dragon and lion dances for the festival. A Chinatown bakery prepares twelve varieties of Chinese mooncake. Ah Sen performs with other dancers at the festival.
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As young people move away from Mauritius' Chinatown, this symbol of resilience and resourcefulness is in danger of disappearing.
Length: 23 minutes
Copyright date: ©2018
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