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Elaine Yee Lin Ho and Julia Kuehn

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9789622099456

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622099456.001.0001

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The Chinese and the White Man's Burden in Indochina

The Chinese and the White Man's Burden in Indochina

(p.191) 11 The Chinese and the White Man's Burden in Indochina
China Abroad

Marie-Paule Ha

Hong Kong University Press

In the nineteenth century, a sizeable Chinese labor cum trade diasporic community was established in Indochina, where they occupied a dominant position in the local economy until the arrival of the French. Upon the completion of colonial conquest and pacification in the 1880s, the French embarked on the mise en valeur of their new possession by setting up a state-sponsored and state-backed “imperial diaspora.” This chapter discusses cultural practices of the Chinese and the French in Indochina, and shows that the Manichean schema not only fails to account for the complexity of the colonial reality, it has also created a form of the “White Man's Burden” that differs in an interesting way from the one eulogized by Rudyard Kipling, the British imperial bard.

Keywords:   China, labor, trade diaspora, Indochina, imperial diaspora, France, Manichean schema, White Man's Burden, Rudyard Kipling

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