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date: 21 August 2019

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The Asian presence in Latin America has garnered a lot of attention recently as many have long speculated about the hemispheric dimensions of Asian American history. This chapter lays out some of the themes and historical contours of Latin Asian American history from the colonial period to the early twentieth century. In doing so, the chapter discusses the particular interpretive challenges involved in writing the history of Asians in Latin America from alternative chronologies and geographies to the predominance of a cultural politics of mestizaje, or race mixing, as a foundational Latin American political philosophy that does not easily translate to U.S.-based theories. The chapter highlights important works in this field and identifies some trends and new areas for research development.

Keywords: Latin America, race, immigration, coolie, mestizaje

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