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Brokering Belonging: Chinese in Canada's Exclusion Era, 1885-1945

Lisa Rose Mar


This work traces several generations of Chinese “brokers,” ethnic leaders who acted as intermediaries between the Chinese and Anglo worlds of Canada. At the time, most Chinese could not vote and many were illegal immigrants, so brokers played informal but necessary roles as representatives to the larger society. Brokers’ work reveals the changing boundaries between Chinese and Anglo worlds and how tensions among Chinese shaped them. By reinserting Chinese back into mainstream politics, this book alters common understandings of how legally “alien” groups helped create modern immigrant nations. ... More

Keywords: Chinese Canadians, Chinese Americans, Chinese diaspora, immigration, brokers, Chicago School of Sociology, ethnic politics, law, Canadian history, transnational history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199733132
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199733132.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lisa Rose Mar, author
University of Maryland, College Park