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By Patricia Maresch, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – According to the 2006 census, people of East Asian descent number 919,000 in Brazil, or just 0.5 percent of the national population. In Rio's Zona Norte neighborhood of Tijuca, local residents are noticing an increasing presence of Chinese businesses, adding to the cultural diversity of the area.

"It would go too far to state that Tijuca is turning into Chinatown, but the growth of Chinese shops in this . . .

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