Language Stories – Episode 2: Chinatown in Havana


It’s always nice to have a little familiarity when you’re travelling somewhere new. Something you can rely on to give you that creature comfort. Sometimes, weirdly perhaps, Chinatowns are that thing. But not so much the Chinatown in Havana, Cuba. This is episode two of Language Stories.

Language Stories is a new series discovering languages around the world + meeting the people who speak them. Click through for episode 2 in Cuba! >>

Why Cuba?

As we were planning our trip back home in the UK, I spent some time browsing Skyscanner and dreaming about all the places we could head next after our time in Quebec, Canada.

There were lots of cheap(ish) flights to one country in particular, a country we both had a curiosity for and a desire to visit for ourselves: Cuba.

But languagewise, Cuba didn’t seem to present itself with any obvious Language Stories episodes. Hmm…

It wasn’t until we were actually in Cuba and glancing through our guidebook (yup, no internet means going old school and travelling with guidebook in tow!) that we noticed something interesting.

Havana, the capital has a Chinatown…but with one thing missing…

The Video

The Podcast

Further Reading + Resources

There’s a surprising amount of info on this Wikipedia page about Chinese Cubans.

Spanish Wikipedia article about El Barrio Chino.

In Cuba, a Chinatown with No Chinese – an interesting article about El Barrio Chino.

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  • I’m really disappointed by this on two counts: 1) So short! and 2) I was in Cuba August of last year and had no idea there was a Chinatown! How did I miss this. So, to recap, looking forward to the next Story, regardless of the length!

    • Haha! This is a mini episode – the plan is to have one full episode every two weeks with a mini one in between! 😉 And YES! I was surprised when we found out about it too – it wasn’t a planned episode from the get go! 😀