It is not about the Olympics they amazed the world with and made the British doubt if they can represent an opening ceremony like the one they saw in the Bird’s Nest.
They are not coming because they are already there , they invaded our industries even the very native ones from Ramadan Lanterns to praying carpets.They are here and they are in their way of having their little China town in Cairo.
Believe me it will be a matter of couple of years ,when we have a China town in Cairo ,there are signs for this.The industrial Chinese Zone of course plays a role here but not like the other signs
I am not speaking the Chinese and Asian restaurants, already most of these restaurants mainly present Sushi , Japanese Sushi
The most significant sign is the “Buy Chinese” home to home Chinese Sales women and Salesmen , those who came from their faraway country to sell its products with cheap prices in Egypt.It takes a lot of courage and determination to do this in a foreign country especially for the Women who go to foreign houses for the first time . Already those ladies and also men share the houses.
The second significant sign or indicator that soon we will have our own little China is that from two days ago Minister Faiza Abu El-Nag of international cooperation, the newly governor of the new 6th of October Governorate and the Ambassador of China had inaugurated the first Chinese School in Egypt !!
This is first Chinese school in Egypt , Middle East and Africa
Yeah the first Chinese School in Egypt following the Chinese education , of course beside the Egyptian one , it will start with KG1. I do not have anything with foreign education,we got the French,German,British,American and even Greek not to mention the Armenian schools for the Armenian communities in Egypt but Chinese , yeah I know that our government signed some agreement with the Chinese government in 2005 to have some mutual projects in education and culture to enforce the powerful Egyptian-Chinese relations and I think we have an Egyptian school in China according to this, of course I do not know who will send his children to it !!??
I found this article from 2004 in Al Ahram Archive saying that after two years the Egyptian students in public and private schools would have the ability to choose Chinese as the second language in their study like English,French,German and Italian, still I never heard that they added it to these languages , most schools beside English either teach French or German “Many prefer it over the French because it is much easier , of course I can’t tell as I studied French”
Back to the school , I think the students mostly will be little Chinese kids .
I do not think that you know that before the revolution in Halmia neighbourhood in 1940s there was a house called “The Chinese House” inhibited by Some Chinese then , I know about it from my Grand ma and that there was some kind of shop in that house where they sold Chinese products similar to the ones the Chinese are selling now in houses. I do not know what happened to them , may be they left after the revolution !!
If you know anything about the old Chinese House in Egypt please drop a line in the comments or send me an e-mail.
By the way I do not have anything with foreign communities in Egypt ,in fact I will be happy to have a little China Town ,it will add a flavour to Cairo returning its cosmopolitan nature of 1940s , already we got Iraqis and other Arab nationalities , also we got increasing foreign community from the West. It will be great if Cairo sees these Chinese celebrations with dragons and fireworks