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Tusans (Tusheng) And The Changing Chinese Community In Peru

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Plagued by political instability and the prospect of freeing the African slaves, the reconstruction of Peru after independence had been slow. In Peru, the aggression against the Chinese community, widespread during the military dictatorships of L. M. Sanchez Cerro and O. Benavides, came to a halt. However, the post-war governments, civilian and military, were no more clement toward the Chinese community insofar as they did not authorize the return of those who had been retained in China. The interaction of commercial and industrial interests among the Chinese, Tusans and Peruvians was immense, as shown clearly in the monthly Diario Commercial China and the newspaper of the Chinese merchants in Peru, Huashang ribao. This was an indication of not only the total integration of the majority of the Chinese and their descendants into Peruvian society but also, for a great number of them, the radicalization to the right and political conservatism.

Keywords: African slaves; Chinese community; Peruvian society; post-war governments; Tusans

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