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Racial Reconstruction: Black Inclusion, Chinese Exclusion, and the Fictions of Citizenship

Edlie Wong


Racial Reconstruction explores how the complex histories of Atlantic slavery and abolition influenced Chinese immigration, especially at the level of representation. The end of the Atlantic slave trade triggered acute labor shortages throughout the West. Labor-strapped planters in the U.S. and Caribbean began experimenting with Chinese and later South Asian indentured laborers or “coolies.” From heated Senate floor debates to test cases that Chinese activists brought before the Supreme Court, major shifts in U.S. law, politics, and society became displaced onto the Chinese labor immigrant, lea ... More

Keywords: immigration, race relations, indentured labor, slavery, abolition, Asian American literature, African American literature, comparative racialization, transnational

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9781479868001
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479868001.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Edlie Wong, author
University of Maryland

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