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'Unwanted Scraps' or 'An Alert, Resolute, Resentful People'? Chinese Railroad Workers in French Congo

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Abstract


  • In the late 1920s, the colonial government of French Equatorial Africa decided to employ Chinese workers to complete their railway line. The employment of Chinese indentured labor had already become the subject of considerable international criticism. The Chinese government was concerned that the French could not guarantee worker health and safety and denied their application. However, the recruitment went ahead with the help of the government of French Indochina. This article explores the nature of Chinese worker protest during their time in Africa and their struggle against French notions of what constituted appropriate treatment of so-called coolie labor.

Publication Date


  • 2017

Citation


  • Martinez, J. (2017). 'Unwanted Scraps' or 'An Alert, Resolute, Resentful People'? Chinese Railroad Workers in French Congo. International Labor and Working-Class History, 91 79-98.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85017623225

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=3992&context=lhapapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/2981

Number Of Pages


  • 19

Start Page


  • 79

End Page


  • 98

Volume


  • 91

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom

Abstract


  • In the late 1920s, the colonial government of French Equatorial Africa decided to employ Chinese workers to complete their railway line. The employment of Chinese indentured labor had already become the subject of considerable international criticism. The Chinese government was concerned that the French could not guarantee worker health and safety and denied their application. However, the recruitment went ahead with the help of the government of French Indochina. This article explores the nature of Chinese worker protest during their time in Africa and their struggle against French notions of what constituted appropriate treatment of so-called coolie labor.

Publication Date


  • 2017

Citation


  • Martinez, J. (2017). 'Unwanted Scraps' or 'An Alert, Resolute, Resentful People'? Chinese Railroad Workers in French Congo. International Labor and Working-Class History, 91 79-98.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85017623225

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=3992&context=lhapapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/2981

Number Of Pages


  • 19

Start Page


  • 79

End Page


  • 98

Volume


  • 91

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom