Introduction / History There were three waves of Chinese immigrants moving to Argentina in the 20th century. The first wave came from China between 1914–1949. The second wave came from Taiwan after that. The third wave occurred in the 1990s and they were mostly from China's Fujian Province.
What are their lives like? Today there is a fourth wave of Chinese arriving. Though many own restaurants and grocery stores, others work for Chinese businesses. The latter group usually returns to China after a couple of years. Those who own grocery stores have faced a serious threat from armed robbers.
Crime is not the only problem they face. The Chinese are often not fully integrated; children sometimes have to translate for parents who haven't learned Spanish. There are conflicts between the Taiwanese and PRC based Chinese communities. PRC run businesses are becoming more prominent, giving Latinos and Chinese people a desire to learn Mandarin.
What are their beliefs? Because of the high number of Taiwanese, this community is most likely to be Buddhist rather than Daoist. They have at least two Buddhist temples teaching meditation and martial arts. There are also Christians among the Chinese, usually Roman Catholics.
What are their needs? The Bible believing Christians among Argentina's Chinese community can try to take Christ to the others. They need protection from criminals who prey upon small businesses.
Prayer Points Pray for God's protection for the Chinese in Argentina.
Pray for a spiritual hunger among the Chinese that will drive them into the loving arms of Jesus.
Pray for Chinese disciples who will make more disciples.