A "Transnational middleman minority" in the eastern caribbean? Constructing a historical and contemporary framework of analysis

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Abstract

First, we present a historical and contemporary profile of Chinese immigration into the Latin American and Caribbean region in general and the English-speaking Caribbean in particular, as a way of contextualizing a subsequent focus on the Eastern Caribbean island sub-group. We set up the historical and comparative context by providing a succinct introduction to the historical Chinese presence in the LAC region and briefly profiling their social class evolution in the case of Jamaica. Next, we provide a selective global framework for better understanding the post-1980s Chinese migration to, and presence in, the Caribbean. Then we turn to a focus on the Eastern Caribbean island-states, for which this post-19805 presence is particularly pertinent, and present some preliminary research findings on the new Chinese presence in venues marked by the absence of a pre-existing Chinese diaspora.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-31
Number of pages31
JournalSocial and Economic Studies
Volume66
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - Sep 1 2017

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Keywords

  • China
  • Eastern Caribbean
  • Entrepreneurial migration
  • Huagong and huashang
  • Indentured labor
  • Latin American and Caribbean region
  • Transnational middleman minority

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Social Sciences(all)

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