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Returning Home with GloryChinese Villagers around the Pacific, 1849 to 1949$
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Michael Williams

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9789888390533

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888390533.001.0001

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Anglo-Saxonizing Machines

Anglo-Saxonizing Machines

(p.165) 8 Anglo-Saxonizing Machines
Returning Home with Glory

Michael Williams

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter argues that an assumption of the “refractory” nature of the huaqiao in the white-settler nations of the Pacific continues to be a strong element in the literature based on nation-state perspectives. The prime factor in the limitations of nation-state research is just that—that it is based on a single nation-state. The obvious solution to this is comparative history, but while some comparative work is presented here, the major aim of this chapter is to argue that the incorporation of a qiaoxiang perspective allows limitations based on nation-state concepts to be explored and surpassed. Ignorance of the qiaoxiang has contributed to the range of stereotypes, including a perception of “refractoriness” that the huaqiao have been subjected to in the destinations. Much research has also attempted to explain or deny the basis of these stereotypes; however, in doing so without an appreciation of the role of the qiaoxiang links, the basic assumptions of these stereotypes often remain unquestioned.

Keywords:   Pacific Ports, San Francisco, Sydney, Honolulu, Chinatown, Chinese Masonic Society, Sojourners, Merchants

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