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Chinese in Rabaul - 1921 to 1942: Normal Practices, or Containing the Yellow Peril?

Peter Cahill
The Journal of Pacific History
Vol. 31, No. 1 (Jun., 1996), pp. 72-91
Published by: Taylor & Francis, Ltd.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25169286
Page Count: 20
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Chinese in Rabaul - 1921 to 1942: Normal Practices, or Containing the Yellow Peril?
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Abstract

Chinese men were brought to New Guinea initially by the German New Guinea Company as labourers on plantations. The climate, harsh working conditions and disease reduced their numbers drastically. The sporadic flow of labourers soon stopped, but Chinese were brought to New Guinea by the Company and - later - by the German Administration as artisans and domestic servants. Most returned to China but some remained to become small traders. Hard work and determination to succeed saw many become a threat to European enterprises. The German and subsequently Australian Administrations were urged to restrict their entry and control their enterprises. At the same time European attitudes prevalent in Southeast Asian colonies were transplanted to New Guinea. Chinese were seen as desirable, if not essential, but were kept at a social level between local villagers and the colonisers. Their status was clearly shown when European, but not Chinese, women and children were evacuated at the threat of Japanese invasion. Many suffered unspeakable treatment by the Japanese and their abandonment by Australia rankled throughout the post-war years.

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