Years of intermarriages created the Malagasy people.They primarily speak Malagasy, an Austronesian language with some Bantu influences.Most offspring were registered by their mothers under a Malagasy name.
The Chinese had supposedly traded with the locals, and had even loaded giraffes onto their ship to take back to China. Kristof found evidence that confirmed the man's story.
Such evidence included the Asian features of the people in the village, plus Asian-looking porcelain artifacts.
Issues specific to this group include having no documentation of their births, since not having been born in the local hospital spared their lives. The mid-19th century saw about 500 Chinese laborers and indentured servants, along with a handful from India stealthily imported to the island of Fernando Po through the once Portuguese occupied Macau.
While most of these servants returned to their homelands at the end of their servitude, a few remained, settling and marrying into the local population.
In 1999, Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times reported a surprising encounter on the island of Pate, where he found a village of stone huts.