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China's ambivalent attitude towards its migrants-forbidding overseas settlement from the mid 17th to the mid 19th centuries,-meant that Chinese diaspora communities inevitably established themselves as largely self regulating entities. The undertaking of concerted actions such as the mobilization against ill-defined liquor retail laws, required a spirit of co-operation which Chinese immigrants had already experienced in more modest ways, through their credit and clan organisations. The leasing of land from rural property owners gave the Chinese an opportunity to set up in business whilst retaining their Chinese nationality. Overseas Chinese commerce was placed on a secure and well organised footing through the effective leadership of early kapitans. The Chinese successfully transferred merchandise, capital and individuals to Mauritius to effect the emergence of a solid commercial class in the new setting.

Keywords: Chinese diaspora communities; Chinese immigrants; clan organisations; Mauritius



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