The Chinese in Latin America and the Caribbean

The Chinese migration to the Latin America/Caribbean region is an understudied dimension of the Asian American experience. There are three distinct periods in the history of this migration: the early colonial period (pre-19th century), when the profitable three-century trade connection between Manila and Acapulco led to the first Asian migrations to Mexico and Peru; the classic migration period (19th to early twentieth centuries), marked by the coolie trade known to Chinese diaspora studies; and the renewed immigration of the late 20th century to the present. Written by specialists on the Chinese in Latin America and the Caribbean, this book tells the story of Asian migration to the Americas and contributes to a more comprehensive understanding of the Chinese in this important part of the world.
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Biographical Note

Tan Chee-Beng is Professor of Anthropology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is the Editor of the Journal of Chinese Overseas, and the author of Chinese Overseas: Comparative Cultural Issues.

Walton Look Lai is a former Lecturer in History at the University of the West Indies in Trinidad & Tobago. He has published 4 books on Asian migrations to the Caribbean, including Indentured Labor, Caribbean Sugar: Chinese and Indian Migrants to the British West Indies 1838-1918.

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"This compilation brings together a rich and diverse array of studies centered on Chinese migration in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) from the sixteenth century to the present... The Chinese in Latin America and the Caribbean demonstrates the diversity and richness of the experiences of the Chinese in this region."
Yu-Wen Chen, Asian Ethnicity (2013)

Table of contents

CONTENTS
Introduction: The Chinese in Latin America and the Caribbean
Walton Look Lai
PART I
THE EARLY COLONIAL PERIOD
Chapter One Sinifying New Spain: Cathay’s Infl uence on Colonial Mexico via the Nao de China
Edward R. Slack, Jr.
PART II
THE CLASSIC MIGRATIONS
Chapter Two Asian Diasporas and Tropical Migration in the Age of Empire: A Comparative Overview
Walton Look Lai
Chapter Three Indispensable Enemy or Convenient Scapegoat? A Critical Examination of Sinophobia in Latin America and the Caribbean, 1870s to 1930s
Evelyn Hu-DeHart
Chapter Four The Chinese of Central America: Diverse Beginnings, Common Achievements
St. John Robinson
Chapter Five Report: Archives of Biography and History in the God of Luck: A Conversation with Ruthanne Lum McCunn
Lisa Yun
PART III
OLD MIGRANTS, NEW IMMIGRATION
Chapter Six Tusans (tusheng) and the Changing Chinese Community in Peru
Isabelle Lausent-Herrera
Chapter Seven Old Migrants, New Immigration and Anti-Chinese Discourse in Suriname
Paul B. Tjon Sie Fat
Chapter Eight The Revitalization of Havana’s Chinatown: Invoking Chinese Cuban History
Kathleen López

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