Chinese Cubans

A Transnational History

By Kathleen M. L贸pez

352 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 15 halftones, 3 maps, 7 tables, notes, bibl., index

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-0713-9
    Published: June 2013
  • E-book EPUB ISBN: 978-1-4696-0714-6
    Published: June 2013
  • E-book PDF ISBN: 979-8-8908-8274-5
    Published: June 2013

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Awards & distinctions

2014 Gordon K. and Sybil Lewis Prize, Caribbean Studies Association

Special Mention, 2015 Elsa Goveia Book Prize, Association of Caribbean Historians

In the mid-nineteenth century, Cuba's infamous "coolie" trade brought well over 100,000 Chinese indentured laborers to its shores. Though subjected to abominable conditions, they were followed during subsequent decades by smaller numbers of merchants, craftsmen, and free migrants searching for better lives far from home. In a comprehensive, vibrant history that draws deeply on Chinese- and Spanish-language sources in both China and Cuba, Kathleen L贸pez explores the transition of the Chinese from indentured to free migrants, the formation of transnational communities, and the eventual incorporation of the Chinese into the Cuban citizenry during the first half of the twentieth century.

Chinese Cubans shows how Chinese migration, intermarriage, and assimilation are central to Cuban history and national identity during a key period of transition from slave to wage labor and from colony to nation. On a broader level, L贸pez draws out implications for issues of race, national identity, and transnational migration, especially along the Pacific rim.

About the Author

Kathleen M. L贸pez is assistant professor of history and Latino and Hispanic Caribbean studies at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.
For more information about Kathleen M. L贸pez, visit the Author Page.

Reviews

"This history is both well told and worth knowing about. Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above."--Choice

鈥淐opiously referenced and gracefully written. . . . It will no doubt leave its mark on many literatures.鈥--Journal of Latin American Geography

Chinese Cubans is the most comprehensive history of the Chinese in Cuba and is extremely insightful. Scholars interested in Cuba, the Chinese diaspora, immigration, race and ethnicity, and related topics will definitely want to read this book.鈥--Caribbean Studies

Chinese Cubans is necessary reading for Latin American, Caribbean, East Asian Latino, and Asian American historians. Because the writing is clear and free from unnecessary jargon, this book would also be useful and rewarding for the educated general public.鈥--Hispanic American Historical Review

"Chinese Cubans is the most comprehensive history of the Chinese in Cuba and in extremely insightful. Scholars interested in Cuba, the Chinese diaspora, immigration, race and ethnicity, and related topic will definitely want to read this book."--Journal of Caribbean Studies

鈥淎 finely researched study...Fills a gaping need in several fields.鈥--New West Indian Guide

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