Alien Nation: Chinese Migration in the Americas from the by Elliott Young

By Elliott Young

During this sweeping paintings, Elliott younger lines the pivotal century of chinese language migration to the Americas, starting with the 1840s at the beginning of the "coolie" alternate and finishing in the course of international warfare II. The chinese language got here as employees, streaming throughout borders legally and illegally and dealing jobs few others sought after, from developing railroads in California to harvesting sugar cane in Cuba. although international locations have been in-built half from their exertions, younger argues that they have been the 1st crew of migrants to undergo the stigma of being "alien." Being neither black nor white and current outdoors of the 19th century Western norms of sexuality and gender, the chinese language have been seen as everlasting outsiders, culturally and legally. It was once their presence that hastened the construction of immigration bureaucracies charged with trap, imprisonment, and deportation.

This booklet is the 1st transnational heritage of chinese language migration to the Americas. through targeting the fluidity and complexity of border crossings during the Western Hemisphere, younger indicates us how chinese language migrants built substitute groups and identities via those transnational pathways.

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Alien Nation: Chinese Migration in the Americas from the Coolie Era through World War II

During this sweeping paintings, Elliott younger strains the pivotal century of chinese language migration to the Americas, starting with the 1840s before everything of the "coolie" alternate and finishing in the course of global conflict II. The chinese language got here as employees, streaming throughout borders legally and illegally and dealing jobs few others sought after, from developing railroads in California to harvesting sugar cane in Cuba.

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19 Alien was also used to refer to plants that came from another district or country and then became naturalized and rooted in a new territory. All of these meanings highlight the outsider status of the alien, as someone or something that comes from somewhere else and does not quite fit, even though, in the case of plants or migrants, they may thrive in the new environment and develop roots there. In the United States, the idea of aliens as threats to the nationstate stretches back to the Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798, which cast aliens as potential enemies of the state and not just guests.

18 / INTRODUCTION PART 1 Coolies and Contracts, 1847–1874 This page intentionally left blank CHAPTER 1 Contested Sovereignties Coolies on the High Seas Would our American Consuls have winked at this trade had it the slightest approximation to Slavery? Where are all of the British and American ships-of-war on the East India station if this is modern or new-fashioned Slave trade? They too must be blinded or else they would long ago have seized these Cooly-carrying ships and sent them into port for trial and condemnation.

29 The vast majority of the Cantonese left as so-called free emigrants to places like California. Chinese coolies were principally directed toward Cuba and Peru, and almost all of them left from the Portuguese outpost in Macao. Although there is some disagreement about the numbers, and some Chinese were undoubtedly smuggled illegally, making it hard to obtain an accurate count, approximately 150,000 Chinese arrived in Cuba, and 100,000 in Peru in the quarter century beContested Sovereignties / 33 tween 1847 and 1874, the year the coolie trade was finally ended.

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