India's only Chinese newspaper from Kolkata shuts down after 50 years

India's only Chinese newspaper from Kolkata shuts down after 50 years

India's only newspaper in Mandarin, 'The Oversees Chinese Commerce of India' or 'Seong Pow', stopped its publication after more than 50 years since its establishment in Kolkata.

India's only Mandarin newspaper, Seong Pow, which was based in Kolkata, stopped its publication after more than five decades since it was established. The Oversees Chinese Commerce of India or Seong Pow was started in Kolkata by Lee Yun Chin in 1969 and its production went on till March 2020 when the pandemic hit.

The paper's editor, Kuo-tsai Chang, shut down publications due to the Coronavirus pandemic and later died in July 2020. His death was the final nail in the newspaper's coffin.

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The four-page newspaper covered a wide range of topics on the Chinese community in India. Before it was shut down during the Covid lockdown, around 200 copies were printed daily.

Speaking on the newspaper's dwindling fate, the president of the Chinese Association of India, Chen Yao Hua, said that the lack of a Mandarin-educated workforce was responsible for it. He told the media that they are unable to find suitable people who can continue the paper's publication because the Chinese population in Tangra, where the office is located, is dwindling.

He added that the few young people in Tangra cannot read or write Mandarin properly, making it impossible to continue Seong Pow's publication.

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