Chinese in Mexico, 1882-1940

ISBN-10: 0816514607
ISBN-13: 9780816514601
Edition: 2011
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Description: An estimated 60,000 Chinese entered Mexico during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, constituting Mexico's second-largest foreign ethnic community at the time. The Chinese in Mexico provides a social history of Chinese immigration to  More...

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List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: University of Arizona Press
Publication date: 1/1/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946

An estimated 60,000 Chinese entered Mexico during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, constituting Mexico's second-largest foreign ethnic community at the time. The Chinese in Mexico provides a social history of Chinese immigration to and settlement in Mexico in the context of the global Chinese diaspora of the era.Robert Romero argues that Chinese immigrants turned to Mexico as a new land of economic opportunity after the passage of the U.S. Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882. As a consequence of this legislation, Romero claims, Chinese immigrants journeyed to Mexico in order to gain illicit entry into the United States and in search of employment opportunities within Mexico's developing economy. Romero details the development, after 1882, of the "Chinese transnational commercial orbit," a network encompassing China, Latin America, Canada, and the Caribbean, shaped and traveled by entrepreneurial Chinese pursuing commercial opportunities in human smuggling, labor contracting, wholesale merchandising, and small-scale trade.Romero's study is based on a wide array of Mexican and U.S. archival sources. It draws from such quantitative and qualitative sources as oral histories, census records, consular reports, INS interviews, and legal documents. Two sources, used for the first time in this kind of study, provide a comprehensive sociological and historical window into the lives of Chinese immigrants in Mexico during these years: the Chinese Exclusion Act case files of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service and the 1930 Mexican municipal census manuscripts. From these documents, Romero crafts a vividly personal and compelling story of individual lives caught in an extensive network of early transnationalism.

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Note on Transliteration of Chinese Names
Introduction: Chinese Immigration to Mexico and the Transnational Commercial Orbit
The Dragon in Big Lusong: Chinese Immigration to Mexico and the Global Chinese Diaspora
Transnational Journeys: Transnational Contract Labor Recruitment, Smuggling, and Familial Chain Migration
Gender, Interracial Marriage, and Transnational Families
Employment and Community: Coolies, Merchants, and the Tong Wars
Mexican Sinophobia and the Anti-Chinese Campaigns
Conclusion: Re-envisioning Mestizaje and "Asian-Latino" Studies
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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