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Colonialism and Male Domestic Service Across the Asia Pacific.

Author: Julia Martinez; Claire Lowrie; Frances Steel; Victoria Haskins
Publisher: London : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, 2018.
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"Examining the role of Asian and indigenous male servants across the Asia Pacific from the late-19th century to the 1930s, this study shows how their ubiquitous presence in these purportedly 'humble' jobs gave them a degree of cultural influence that has been largely overlooked in the literature on labour mobility in the age of empire. With case studies from British Hong Kong, Singapore, Northern Australia, Fiji and  Read more...
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Martinez, Julia.
Colonialism and Male Domestic Service Across the Asia Pacific.
London : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, ©2018
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Julia Martinez; Claire Lowrie; Frances Steel; Victoria Haskins
ISBN: 9781350056749 135005674X
OCLC Number: 1054065851
Description: 1 online resource (281 pages)
Contents: Cover; Half Title; Title; Copyright; Table of contents; Illustrations; Acknowledgements; Note on Authorship; Abbreviations; Introduction; 1 Creating the Houseboy: Early Asian Influences on European Cultures of Domestic Service; 2 Indigenous Houseboys and Asian Ideals in Darwin and. Suva; 3 Intercultural Influences on American Domesticity in the Philippines; 4 Colonial Patriarchy and Representations of Masculinity in Photographs of Domestic Workers; 5 Steamship Stewards: Encountering Asia on the High. Seas; 6 From India to Fiji: Cultures of Service in the Grand. Hotel. 7 Labour and Political Activism by Chinese and Vietnamese Male Domestic WorkersConclusion; Bibliography; Index.

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"Examining the role of Asian and indigenous male servants across the Asia Pacific from the late-19th century to the 1930s, this study shows how their ubiquitous presence in these purportedly 'humble' jobs gave them a degree of cultural influence that has been largely overlooked in the literature on labour mobility in the age of empire. With case studies from British Hong Kong, Singapore, Northern Australia, Fiji and British Columbia, French Indochina, the American Philippines and the Dutch East Indies, the book delves into the intimate and often conflicted relationships between European and American colonists and their servants. It explores the lives of 'houseboys', cooks and gardeners in the colonial home, considers the bell-boys and waiters in the grand colonial hotels, and follows the stewards and cabin-boys on steamships travelling across the Indian and Pacific Oceans. This broad conception of service allows Colonialism and Male Domestic Service to illuminate trans-colonial or cross-border influences through the mobility of servants and their employers. This path-breaking study is an important book for students and scholars of colonialism, labour history and the Asia Pacific region."--Bloomsbury Publishing.

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Drawing on transcolonial circuits generated by labor networks across the modern Asia Pacific, this book argues for male domestic service as a cultural contact zone. Rather than sidelining women's Read more...

 
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