China's Gold Rush Migrants

Andrew Liu and Thomas Jones

Andrew Liu talks to Tom about the Chinese workers who followed the gold rush to California, Australia and South Africa, the racial stereotypes about them promoted by local politicians, and their role in the huge economic shifts of the late 19th century, as described in a new book by Mae Ngai, The Chinese Question.

Read Andrew's piece on Mae Ngai's book here.

And other pieces mentioned in this episode:

Andrew's piece for n+1
James Meek on wind farms in the LRB
Perry Anderson in the New Left Review

And listen to conversation between Andrew and Mae Ngai here.

Music by Kieran Brunt / Produced by Anthony Wilks

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