Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Tongan Markets (1)

Tonga's main island Tongatapu is dotted with small stores run by Chinese immigrants who are deeply resented by the local population. The Chinese were sold Tongan passports - one of those numerous Tongan government schemes to make money in a bankrupt country. The Chinese protect themselves by putting iron bars at the front of the store. When I bought a soda there, I was always served by one of the teenage children of the store owner who interrupted her/his studies to serve me.Fish sold right off the boat.
These ladies are trying to make a buck at one of the are tourist spots. If you wonder about their sweaters: it is winter in Tongatapu and the breeze from the ocean is fresh.

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