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LABOUR AND ENTERPRISE: CANTONESE FARMING, WORK AND ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE IN RURAL AOTEAROA NEW ZEALAND, 1860s–1914

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posted on 27.06.2022, 04:08 authored by James BeattieJames Beattie
It’s time to write Cantonese back into the story of rural Aotearoa. Aside from market gardening, historians have overlooked the role of Cantonese in rural New Zealand. This article seeks to broaden existing studies on farming, environmental change and rural enterprise by examining Cantonese entrepreneurs and workers. Cantonese merchants, this article shows, invested in enterprises, ranging from the development of dairying, to tobacco-growing and plantations. These activities variously utilised Chinese and New Zealand markets, business networks, and labour. The paper also examines Cantonese labourers in rural New Zealand.

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Beattie, J. (2022). LABOUR AND ENTERPRISE: CANTONESE FARMING, WORK AND ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE IN RURAL AOTEAROA NEW ZEALAND, 1860s–1914. New Zealand Journal of History.

Journal title

New Zealand Journal of History

Publication date

04/04/2022

Publisher

University of Auckland

Publication status

Published

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Article

ISSN

0028-8322

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