Chen Jihua, now an auxiliary policeman in New York, patrols in Brooklyn. He didn’t see his daughter for 16 years after being smuggled into the US by Chinese snakeheads. Photo: Rong Xiaoqing

The Chinese who struggled in US and their classmate who made it at home

In the 1980s and ’90s, thousands of young men from a single county in Fujian risked life and limb for a shot at the American dream. Some turned back and are living the Chinese dream instead

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Chen Jihua, now an auxiliary policeman in New York, patrols in Brooklyn. He didn’t see his daughter for 16 years after being smuggled into the US by Chinese snakeheads. Photo: Rong Xiaoqing
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