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A Mexican Chinese superhero brings a forgotten part of history alive

Images from the “Comandante Chong” issue of the Mexican American comic book, “El Peso Hero.”

A new issue of the Mexican American “El Peso Hero” comic book tells a story about Mexico that very few readers know about. “There is a long history of Chinese immigration to Mexico,” said the comic book’s creator, artist and educator Héctor Rodríguez, in an interview with NBC News about “El Comandante Chong,” a new issue released Monday. “But there is also a history of anti-Chinese movements, including deportations, expulsions and genocide. And this history has been forgotten or purposely put away.” 

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