Qian Ma (48) was born in the district of Tonghai of the province of Jiangshu, located in the coastal area of mainland China, arrived in Argentina in 1981, at the age of 7, where he named himself Laura by one of the characters in the series The Ingalls Family, who It reminded him of the town where he was born.
“The town where we lived was dedicated to rice fieldsMy mother was a farmer and my father was an agricultural technician, he operated the agricultural machinery, “Qian recalled.
“My life in the town was very rocky, -he described- there were deficiencies, for something my parents decided to emigrate: there was no running water, no sewer, many houses and the school were made of adobe, in winter there was no heating, you froze “.
The economic reality in China in the 1970s was very different from today. Photo: Video Capture
When asked about the motivations of his family to come to Argentina, Qian Ma went back to the story of her paternal grandfather, who was the first to arrive in the 70s, after having been a government official prior to the establishment of the People’s Republic of China in 1949, when the Civil War ended, and having had to emigrate without his family.
The change of life
She is a psychiatrist, and works accompanying as a medical translator. Photo: Telam
After Mao’s death in 1976, which coincided with the opening, he sent tickets so that Qian’s family could travel and from that moment, they settled in Argentina with his mother, father, younger brother, and his uncle’s family.
“We settled in a grandfather’s chorizo house on Sarmiento and Riobamba”, he detailed.
His grandfather in Argentina already had two restaurants in downtown Buenos Aires and his parents started working there.
Qian lives in the Balvanera neighborhood with her partner Miguel Liao. Photo: Telam
Currently, Qian lives in the Balvanera neighborhood with her partner Miguel Liao, who sells electronic products at his store located in Once, and his 11-year-old daughter Sofía Lara, who, in addition to going to school, attends Chinese School on Saturdays.
“Many merchants from the community of the area of Once they bring family and friends to work, and a lot of young girls come “Qian explained.
She is a psychiatrist, and works accompanying migrants as a medical translator of the community in treatments and consultations.
What he enjoys the most -he said- are births, where their work is essential in childbirth, because it helps the doctor and the patient understand each other at a key moment: “the obstetricians thank me, if they don’t have to go around making gestures “, concluded.