Chinese Cubans: A Transnational History (Paperback)
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In the mid-nineteenth century, Cuba's infamous "coolie" trade brought well over 100,000 Chinese indentured laborers to its shores. Though subjected to abominable conditions, they were followed during subsequent decades by smaller numbers of merchants, craftsmen, and free migrants searching for better lives far from home. In a comprehensive, vibrant history that draws deeply on Chinese- and Spanish-language sources in both China and Cuba, Kathleen Lopez explores the transition of the Chinese from indentured to free migrants, the formation of transnational communities, and the eventual incorporation of the Chinese into the Cuban citizenry during the first half of the twentieth century.
"Chinese Cubans" shows how Chinese migration, intermarriage, and assimilation are central to Cuban history and national identity during a key period of transition from slave to wage labor and from colony to nation. On a broader level, Lopez draws out implications for issues of race, national identity, and transnational migration, especially along the Pacific rim.
About the Author
Kathleen Lopez started writing early on at age 14 as a junior high school journalist, a career she continued with throughout her college career. She also had several poems published during her college tenure. While professionally she has turned from the world journalism to the corporate world of project management, she has always continued with her passion for writing short stories and poetry. Suspenseful thrillers, mysteries and stories that took the reader along for the journey have always been amongst her favorite to read as well as write. Prodigal Son is a follow up to her first publication, Between the Shades of Light and Dark.