Migrant Knowledge

New Book from the Network: Experiences of Free Chinese Migrants in the Americas

This study takes an Inter-American and transpacific look at historical processes of discrimination and exclusion of migrants in the Americas and in the Spanish colonial Philippines that were based on racist and xenophobic prejudices. It focuses on pertinent migration policies and conjunctures of negotiation in various societies of the Americas while highlighting discriminatory dynamics in their diachronic dimension. Because Chinese immigrants were the first to experience these exclusionary practices and policies, the focus will be on this group in particular, keeping in mind that these dynamics affected other groups as well. By highlighting the correlation between mobility, liberalism, and ethnicity or ethnic adscription, the aim is to get a better understanding of the conjunctures of discrimination that immigrants who are considered ‘non-white’ suffered and continue to suffer from today in what we might term the Asian century.


The book appears in the Inter-American Studies series co-published for the International Association of Inter-American Studies (IAS/EIA) by the Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier.