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Thursday 20 June 2019 15.15 - 16.45
A-4 GLM20 Global Migration and Labor Solidarity
Netlau
Chair: Matt Garcia Organizer: Leon Fink
Discussant: Matt Garcia
Sonia Hernandez : Legacies of Mexican Migration and Transnational Labor Activism
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Mae Ngai : Chinese Gold Miners and Labor Solidarity 1850-1910
This paper considers the forms of labor solidarity practiced by Chinese gold miners and mining laborers on the goldfields of North America, Australia, and South Africa during the gold-rush era. Chinese did not organize in conventional trade unions, as did Euro-American workers. Drawing from corporate forms of organization ... (Show more)
This paper considers the forms of labor solidarity practiced by Chinese gold miners and mining laborers on the goldfields of North America, Australia, and South Africa during the gold-rush era. Chinese did not organize in conventional trade unions, as did Euro-American workers. Drawing from corporate forms of organization in late-Qing China, Chinese gold miners and laborers across the diaspora used native-place and kinship associations, righteous societies, and egalitarian cooperatives to protest poor wages and working conditions and to bargain for better terms. These forms were common across the mining diaspora. They were capable of near-total solidarity and at times exhibited remarkable tactical sophistication. (Show less)

Mahua Sarkar : Between 'Home' and 'Abroad': the Precarious Mobilities of Transnational Contract Work
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