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Asian Diasporas And Tropical Migration In The Age Of Empire: A Comparative Overview

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This chapter attempts to locate the worldwide movements of Asians, especially Asian labor, in the developmental stage of global capitalism in the 19th century. It tries distinguish between two types of labor movement in this century: the one involving Asians moving toward the tropical plantation "periphery," where their labor was needed and actively recruited, and the other involving those moving toward the margins of the temperate white settler majority destinations, where they went largely on their own self-organized initiative. The reception and treatment received by the Asians in both types of destinations (at least from the host governments) differed profoundly, depending on the extent of their perceived indispensability to the local economic environments in which they found themselves.

Keywords: Asian labor; global capitalism; labor movement



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