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Unformatted text preview: -rural base-Chinese withdrawal to towns The Chinese in the Afro-Caribbean societies: Jamaica and Guyana Compared-similar origins in china-Hakka trading and socio-cultural background – useful resources-Different outcomes: o Ethnicity & economic success in Jamaica o Assimilation and decline of ethnicity in Guyana -reasons for different outcomes o trading niche occupied in Guyana o wide open in Jamaica o relative ethnic tolerance in West India-what the Caribbean Chinese experience tells us about ethnicity o ethnicity not primordial o ethnic identity is a function of socio-economic interests Indo-Caribbean culture-Hindus mainly, some Muslims-Retention and change in Indian culture o Contrast w/slavery, esp. family o Caste decline; embrace of lower castes o Language – Hindu-Bhojpuri decline o Religion – importance of Ramayana, Krishna o Bhaki-centered Hinduism...
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- Fall '07