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Asian Servants for the Imperial Telegraph: Imagining North Australia as an Indian Ocean Colony before 1914
In the late nineteenth century, the officers of the Eastern Extension Australasia and China Telegraph Company provided north Australia with a cable connection to London via Java, Singapore, and
The End of Indenture? Asian workers in the Australian Pearling Industry, 1901–1972
  • Julia T. Martínez
  • Economics, History
    International Labor and Working-Class History
  • 1 April 2005
The historical circumstances which led to the end of the indentured labor trade suggest that its abolition was only partially the result of humanitarian concern for the welfare of workers. It was the
Indonesians overseas – deep histories and the view from below
Indonesian mobility is often regarded as a present-day fact. In 2007 the number of Indonesians reported working abroad had reached 4.3 million, bringing in an income of US$6 billion in remittances
Mapping the Trafficking of Women across Colonial Southeast Asia, 1600s–1930s
While slavery in the seventeenth century included a substantial traffic in Asian women, it was only in the late nineteenth century that the rise in trafficking in women in Asia came to the attention
The Pearl Frontier: Indonesian Labor and Indigenous Encounters in Australia’s Northern Trading Network
Remarkable for its meticulous archival research and moving life stories, the Pearl Frontier offers a new way of imagining Australian historical connections with Indonesia. This compelling view from
Transcolonial Influences on Everyday American Imperialism: The Politics of Chinese Domestic Servants in the Philippines
From the first years of the American occupation of the Philippines, the American colonial elite ran their households with the help of Chinese servants. The preference of government officials,
‘Unwanted Scraps’ or ‘An Alert, Resolute, Resentful People’? Chinese Railroad Workers in French Congo
Abstract In the late 1920s, the colonial government of French Equatorial Africa decided to employ Chinese workers to complete their railway line. The employment of Chinese indentured labor had