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A transcolonial history of domestic service in the Asia-Pacific

Grant


Scheme


  • Discovery Projects

Abstract


  • This project explores the history of male domestic servants in the Asia-Pacific, considering the extent to which a transcolonial culture of domestic service was developed. Taking as case studies Australia, Fiji, Hong Kong, Singapore, Indochina and the Philippines, we consider ways in which the migration of workers and colonisers encouraged the spread of common ideologies and practices of domestic service. By studying servants not only in the home, but in army barracks, hotels and on steamers we emphasise the mobility of colonial culture within the region. We offer new cultural perspectives on colonialism acknowledging British, non-British and Asian influences. Outcomes will include a workshop, an edited book and refereed journal articles.

Date/time Interval


  • 2011 - 2013

Sponsor Award Id


  • DP110100490

Local Award Id


  • 11708

Scheme


  • Discovery Projects

Abstract


  • This project explores the history of male domestic servants in the Asia-Pacific, considering the extent to which a transcolonial culture of domestic service was developed. Taking as case studies Australia, Fiji, Hong Kong, Singapore, Indochina and the Philippines, we consider ways in which the migration of workers and colonisers encouraged the spread of common ideologies and practices of domestic service. By studying servants not only in the home, but in army barracks, hotels and on steamers we emphasise the mobility of colonial culture within the region. We offer new cultural perspectives on colonialism acknowledging British, non-British and Asian influences. Outcomes will include a workshop, an edited book and refereed journal articles.

Date/time Interval


  • 2011 - 2013

Sponsor Award Id


  • DP110100490

Local Award Id


  • 11708