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26/2/12: Devon House and the Chinese community

Finally able to sleep beyond the start of the 7am. service, so went to the 10.30am. service instead.  More people but somewhat hotter, managed to sit under a fan which was very helpful.  A very moving and worshipful dance offering by 
the church dance group, would love to have them perform in the UK.

Starting to feel that I have some idea as to how different areas of Kingston interconnect - it won't surprise people who know me well when I say that, for the last two years as a  passesnger going places I didn't really engage with where things were, now realising that eg. Papine High School and the University campus are very close.

So, heading into Kingston from here we go past the Bob Marley Museum which used to be his Kingston home, with recording studios still used by his sons.  Visited there two years ago, may well go back again while I'm here.  And then further on, just beyond the Seventh Day Adventist Church where I went to the concert yesterday, is Devon House, home to the finest ice cream in the world.  So a very civilised Sunday afternoon walk to Devon House, eat ice cream, and then come back again.  Could get used to this!

One thing not immediately obvious but becomes clear after staying for a little while is that there is a sizeable and long standing (ie. 200 years or so) Hakka Chinese community here.  Large number of Chinese restaurants close by:

and other signs of Chinese influence:

I'm told that it is not unusual for members of the Jamaican Hakka Chinese community to speak Hakka Chinese and Patois but very little English.  If I learn any more I'll let you know!

P.S. Just one more sign if you'll indulge me, on the gates of a private housing estate...

3 Comments to 26/2/12: Devon House and the Chinese community:

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Chris Tennant on 27 February 2012 04:41
You haven't mentioned your trip to the Blue Mountains which sounded exciting.
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Geoff on 27 February 2012 06:45
You'll find it under Wednesday 22nd February. Enjoy!

Neil on 27 February 2012 09:30
Love the 'no honking' sign. Glad to hear you're starting to sleep.
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