Chinese Characters in Anglo-Caribbean Literature

Authored by: Anne-Marie Lee-Loy

The Routledge Companion to Anglophone Caribbean Literature

Print publication date:  June  2011
Online publication date:  June  2011

Print ISBN: 9780415485777
eBook ISBN: 9780203830352
Adobe ISBN: 9781136821745


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Perhaps because they have always been a minority population in the region and often play minor roles in individual literary texts, very little academic analysis has been given to the presence of the Chinese in Anglo-Caribbean literature. Nevertheless, when such depictions are read across a wide range of Anglo-Caribbean fiction, images of the Chinese take on a greater significance. In this broader context, the presence of the Chinese and the relationships between Chinese characters and their Anglo-Caribbean neighbours become an important means of remembering, exploring and negotiating the colonial history of the region and its long-term legacies.

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