This book explores the decision of the British Empire to import Chinese labour to southern Africa despite the already tense racial situation in the region. It enables a clearer understanding of racial and political developments in southern Africa during the reconstruction period and places localised issues within a wider historiography.
Introduction 1. Chinese Migration and 'White' Networks, c.1850-1902 2. The Transvaal Labour 'Problem' and the Chinese Solution 3. Greater Britain in South Africa: Colonial Nationalisms and Imperial Networks 4. A Question of Honour: slavery, sovereignty and the legal framework 5. Sex, Violence and the Chinese: The 1905-6 Moral Panic 6. Adapting the Stereotype: Race and Administrative Control 7. Political Repercussions Conclusion: Racializing Empire Appendix A: List of Key Figures Bibliography