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The Chinese In Latin America And The Caribbean

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This is the introductory chapter of the book titled The Chinese in Latin America and the Caribbean, which is devoted to the Chinese diaspora in the Latin America/Caribbean region. The Chinese relationship with the Latin America/Caribbean region falls into three distinct historical time periods: the early colonial period (pre-19th century); the classic migration period (19th to early 20th centuries); and the renewed immigration of the late 20th century to the present. The 19th century represents what most students of Chinese diaspora studies understand by the term coolie trade. Some clarifications are necessary regarding the use of this term. It tends to refer to the Chinese indentured-worker migrations to the plantations of slave and ex-slave America, especially to Cuba and Peru, and sometimes to the smaller flows to the British, French, and Dutch West Indies in the 19th century.

Keywords: Caribbean region; Chinese diaspora; classic migration period; coolie trade; early colonial period; Latin America



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