Those of you from Mangalore would have gone to Chef's restaurant at Kadri, right next to it is it's sister restaurant Chef's Xing Lai. (They also have one more restaurant near our house) We have been there several times and there is this boss man who looked very Manglorean. Later I deduced he was Manglorean Roman Catholic. I never asked for his name, and when spoken to he would only say "yes! yes!", very shy indeed.
Then in May there was an ad in the newspaper with his photo mentioning that he was leaving on a trip to China to "dsicover his Chinese roots". Chinese roots! Ah his name is Eugene Lee in the ad. Jeez! This person was Chinese all along I thought, and how could he look so Manglorean or Indian for that matter? Oher Chinese in Mangalore look Chinese. Eugene did have slightly narrow eyes, but I know chaps in any community who'd occasionally be having narrow eyes.
Finally there was this article in the Manglorean section of Times of India. Check it out.
To China With Love...
His dad came to India from China in 1930 and never went back. What's more he came to Mangalore and got married to a Manglorean Catholic girl resulting in 6 children of which Eugene is the 3rd.
One day a chap called Mike Yang who had come to Infosys Mangalore (look at the chances of that) came to his restaurant and was amazed to hear there was a Chinese root here. Apparently Yang went back to China and discovered Eugene's half family for him!!!! Yes! Eugenes father had left his Chinese family behind!!!
Also read an article on the restaurant in the Hindu Variety and spice.