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A Historical and Comparative Survey of the Chinese Presence in the Latin American and Caribbean Region, with a Focus on the Anglophone Caribbean (拉丁美洲和加勒比地区的华人历史和比较研究 — 以英语加勒比地区为例)

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In this paper, I first broadly map the historical patterns of Chinese presence in the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region, as a way of distinguishing the primary locations and forms of incorporation and settlement. This historical context provides a baseline from which to examine patterns of the new post-1980s instantiations of Chinese presence in the wider LAC region and Central America and Caribbean (CAC) sub-region, with particular reference to the English-speaking Caribbean, and, even more specifically, the Eastern Caribbean group of islands with no historical antecedent of an older Chinese diaspora. To highlight this specificity, I include findings from preliminary research conducted in several of these islands, and examine some of the key emerging configurations and complications of the new dual presence in the Anglophone Caribbean of the Chinese state and private entrepreneurial immigrant.本文首先描绘早期中国移民在拉丁美洲和加勒比 (LAC) 区域的活动模式,包括初期落脚地点,以及他们融入当地社会和定居的形式。接着,以这个历史背景为基础,探讨1980年代以后,中国新移民在拉美地区、中美洲和加勒比 (CAC) 次区域的活动模式。本文聚焦英语加勒比地区,特别是毫无中国移民历史的东加勒比群岛。本文列举了在这些岛屿进行的初步研究结果,并探讨中国国有和私人企业移民在英语加勒比地区同时存在的现象,以及其主要形态与挑战。This article is in English.

Affiliations: 1: Associate Professor, Department of SociologyThe Maxwell School, Syracuse University


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