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Old 09-17-2013, 08:36 PM
 
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Why did Chinese contract workers, coolies, etc. migrate to Peru, Cuba, or Mexico more than to Chile, Argentina, or Brazil in the 1800s and early 1900s?

And why did Japanese people migrate to Brazil and, to a lesser extent, Peru more than Chile, Argentina, or Mexico in the early 1900s?
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Old 09-18-2013, 02:54 PM
 
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Why did Chinese contract workers, coolies, etc. migrate to Peru, Cuba, or Mexico more than to Chile, Argentina, or Brazil in the 1800s and early 1900s?

And why did Japanese people migrate to Brazil and, to a lesser extent, Peru more than Chile, Argentina, or Mexico in the early 1900s?

Why?
I would say for the same reason that humanity has migrated time and time again for a better future and opportunities.
Let's not forget, that in early 1900's, China was a nation in turmoil and decline. Opium wars, Hong Kong controlled by Britain, Macau controlled by the Portuguese , Japan attacking China (1894-95) at the end of the 1800's, the Emperor abdicating in 1912, all this added factors fueled the massive migration that took place.

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Old 09-21-2013, 06:37 PM
 
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Why?
I would say for the same reason that humanity has migrated time and time again for a better future and opportunities.
Let's not forget, that in early 1900's, China was a nation in turmoil and decline. Opium wars, Hong Kong controlled by Britain, Macau controlled by the Portuguese , Japan attacking China (1894-95) at the end of the 1800's, the Emperor abdicating in 1912, all this added factors fueled the massive migration that took place.

I'm not looking for why people migrated from China in the first place. I'm looking for why, when Chinese people migrated to Latin America, they went to Peru or Cuba more than to Brazil or Argentina (which took in far greater numbers of immigrants in general than Peru and Cuba). I suspect that, at least in the case of Argentina, the people thought of themselves as being in a white country imitating many parts of Europe, and so they didn't see Asian immigrants as too suitable, probably.
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Old 09-21-2013, 08:30 PM
 
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A good many ended up in Trinidad, and boy am I glad...best darn Chinese food ever! Chinee cooking with local ingredients...mmMmmMm
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Old 09-21-2013, 08:46 PM
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Maybe because the governments from Peru or Cuba asked for more Chinese to migrate there in order to do some work?

For some reason, Chinese and railroad building has gone hand in hand not just in many Latin American places, but also in the USA.

Cuba used to have the largest Chinese community in the Caribbean and Havana still conserves the large Chinese gate that welcomes people into the now completely devoid of Chinese Chinatown. It was the largest and only one in the Caribbean. Right now there are more Chinese living in Trinidad, Jamaica (although based on some documentaries I've seen, it seems their numbers have been falling for some time), and in Dominican Republic. I think Puerto Rico has a small Chinese community too.

Japanese migration to Brazil I think was incentivized by the Brazilian government. In fact, I think Brazil has the largest Japanese diaspora in the world.
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Old 09-22-2013, 07:36 AM
 
Location: Fortaleza, Brazil
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Japanese migration to Brazil I think was incentivized by the Brazilian government. In fact, I think Brazil has the largest Japanese diaspora in the world.

Correct. No other country in the world has a larger community of people of Japanese descent than Brazil.


In the begining of the 20th century, Japan was overcrowded, and wasn't an "economic power" yet...
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