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Author Ngai, Mae M., author.

Title The Chinese question : the gold rushes and global politics / Mae Ngai.

Publication Info. New York : W. W. Norton & Company, [2021]


Location Call No. Status
 Avon Free Public Library - New Materials  325.251 NGAI    Check Shelf
 West Hartford, Noah Webster Library - Adult New Materials  331.6251 NGAI    Check Shelf
Edition First edition.
Description xx, 440 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 379-418) and index.
Contents Introduction : Yellow and gold -- Two gold mountains -- Two gold mountains -- On the diggings -- Talking to white people -- Bigler's gambit -- The limits of protection -- Making white men's countries -- The roar of the sandlot -- The yellow agony -- The Asiatic danger in the colonies -- The richest spot on earth -- Coolies on the Rand -- The price of gold -- The Asiatic danger in the colonies -- The Chinese diaspora in the West -- Exclusion and the open door -- Becoming Chinese, becoming China -- Epilogue : The spectre of the yellow peril, redux.
Summary "How Chinese migration to the world's goldfields upended global power and economics and forged modern conceptions of race. In roughly five decades, between 1848 and 1899, more gold was removed from the earth than had been mined in the 3,000 preceding years. But friction between Chinese and white settlers on the goldfields of California, Australia, and South Africa catalyzed a global battle over "the Chinese Question": Would the United States and the British Empire outlaw Chinese immigration? This distinguished history of the Chinese diaspora and global capitalism chronicles how a feverish alchemy of race and money brought Chinese to the West and reshaped the nineteenth-century world, from Europe's subjugation of China to the rise of the international gold standard and the invention of racist, anti-Chinese stereotypes that linger to this day. Drawing on ten years of research across five continents, prize-winning historian Mae Ngai argues that Chinese exclusion was not extraneous to the emergent global economy but an integral part of it"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Chinese -- Foreign countries -- History -- 19th century.
Gold mines and mining -- Social aspects.
Gold mines and mining -- Australia -- History -- 19th century.
Gold mines and mining -- California -- History -- 19th century.
Gold mines and mining -- South Africa -- History -- 19th century.
Chinese diaspora.
Race discrimination -- History -- 19th century.
Chinese diaspora. (OCoLC)fst01746779
Chinese -- Foreign countries. (OCoLC)fst00857186
Gold mines and mining. (OCoLC)fst00944469
Gold mines and mining -- Social aspects. (OCoLC)fst00944493
Race discrimination. (OCoLC)fst01086465
Australia. (OCoLC)fst01204543
California. (OCoLC)fst01204928
South Africa. (OCoLC)fst01204616
Genre/Form History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Added Title Gold rushes and global politics
Other Form: ebook version : 9780393634174
ISBN 9780393634167 (hardcover)
0393634167 (hardcover)
9780393634174 (epub)
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