Indentured Labor, Caribbean Sugar: Chinese and Indian Migrants to the British West Indies, 1838-1918

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9780801844652: Indentured Labor, Caribbean Sugar: Chinese and Indian Migrants to the British West Indies, 1838-1918

This work provides a study of Asian immigration and the indenture system in the British West Indies - with particular emphasis on the experiences of indentured labourers in the major receiving colonies of British Guyana, Trinidad and Jamaica. Exploring living and working conditions, as well as the make-up of immigrant communities and their cultures, Look Lai offers a "dialectical pluralist" model of Caribbean acculturation that contrasts with the more familiar "melting pot" or "pure pluralist" models. He addresses a variety of social and economic factors, such as: the forms of labour other than indenture; the ethnic and racial make-up of the colonial population; and the connection between agricultural and commercial development. He also examines the immediate post-indenture period in order to follow the relationship of former "coolies" to the plantation system and to agriculture in general.

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"A work of rich scholarship... Look Lai proves an adept and perceptive labor historian. His sensitive depiction of the world of the indentured East Asian workers of Trinidad and British Guyana is easily the best available: it is a notable achievement that sets a high standard for future research on the topic." -- Labor History

"This carefully researched book... thoughtfully compares the experiences and responses of the Chinese and Indians as they settled in and became part of these colonial societies, the former often moving into trade and the later largely remaining in agriculture... A well written study, highly recommended for students of Asian-American and Caribbean studies, and migration history." -- Choice

"Look Lai's excellent book... is the first 'integrated' history of Asian migration to the Caribbean which incorporates (and often compares) the experiences of both Asian groups... illuminating an important chapter in Caribbean history." -- Journal of Caribbean History

"Important not only for the study of Atlantic history and culture, but also for the comparative study of migration, labor coercion, and the effects of labor segmentation in the labor process... It is an excellent book, thoroughly researched, clearly organized, and well written, and it deserves a wide audience." -- International Labor and Working Class History

"Should be required reading for Caribbeanists, scholars of Asian diasporas, and labor historians." -- New West Indian Guide

"A most welcome addition to the growing literature on Asian migration to the West Indies... well structured and well written." -- International Review of Social History

"Sound in its scholarship and detailed in its findings... A fine piece of work." -- Brian L. Moore, Business History Review

""Well-researched and lucidly written... Look Lai's excellent study puts us all in his debt." -- Sunday Guardian (Trinidad)


Walton Look Lai is Lecturer in History at the University of the West Indies in Trinidad and Tobago. He is a former Rockefeller Foundation fellow at the Asian American Center, Queen's College, City University of New York.

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Editore: The Johns Hopkins University Press (1993)
ISBN 10: 0801844657 ISBN 13: 9780801844652
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Descrizione libro The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1993. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0801844657

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