SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – As the Chinese Year of the Rat starts, businessmen in São Paulo city have started to work once again on a long-lost dream: to build a Chinatown in Latin America’s largest city.

The project was developed by the Brazil-China Sociocultural Institute (Ibrachina) and focuses on using a popular retail area in the center of São Paulo city, near the Municipal Market, covering a few blocks. “It is currently a very run-down area of the city,” says Thomas Law, president of Ibrachina.

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