In this seminar, we will discuss the arrival of new migrants from China and India in the Caribbean (focusing on Trinidad especially), including the local consequences of this emigration.
- How were the lives of Asian immigrants to the Caribbean controlled and how was this resisted?
- What were relations like between Asian immigrants and different groups already present in the Caribbean? What factors shaped them?
- Did migrants from Asia preserve their cultural forms in the Caribbean? How did they shape local societies?
Everyone should read the following primary source:
In addition, everyone should read two of the following:
Cross, Malcolm, 'East Indian-Creole relations in Trinidad and Guiana in the Late Nineteenth Century', in David Dabydeen and Brinsley Samaroo (eds), Across the Dark Waters: Ethnicity and Indian Identity in the Caribbean (Basingstoke, 1996), pp. 14-38.