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Title: Indians in Malaysia, 1900-2010: Different Migration Streams, One Diaspora
Contributor(s): Kaur, Amarjit  (author)
Publication Date: 2014
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Abstract: Indians have gone to Malaysia since ancient times and their various migration engagements, each with its own accompanying background and characteristics, have made an impact on the evolving patterns of Malaysian history. Most Indian migrations were temporary and circular prior to the nineteenth century, but this changed after the 1880s. Subsequently, Indian migrations must be understood as an integral part of the nineteenth century wave of mass migration that accompanied the expanding Atlantic economy, growth of world trade, and greater interaction between Europe and Asia. Following India's incorporation into the British Empire, there was increasing integration of global Indian migration flows associated with the engagement of distinct labour groups for Britain's far-flung colonies over the Indian Ocean westwards towards Africa and eastwards towards East and Southeast Asia. India essentially provided labourers for plantation capitalism and the production of commodities of Empire (foodstuffs, stimulants, and industrial crops); for industrial, port, and shipping systems; and for public works projects. Workers in the third group constructed railways and roads to connect townships with producing areas, resulting in the transformation of economies. More enduring economic and social links also replaced the Indians' earlier temporary linear journeys, and were facilitated by regular and more reliable steamship services between the colonies. These links also resulted in the formation of distinct Indian diasporic communities in the colonies.
Publication Type: Book Chapter
Source of Publication: Tracing the New Indian Diaspora, p. 45-62
Publisher: Rodopi BV
Place of Publication: Amsterdam, Netherlands
ISBN: 9789042038882
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 160303 Migration
140211 Labour Economics
160305 Population Trends and Policies
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 440303 Migration
380111 Labour economics
440305 Population trends and policies
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 910102 Demography
910107 Macro Labour Market Issues
950502 Understanding Asias Past
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 150202 Demography
150207 Macro labour market issues
130702 Understanding Asia’s past
HERDC Category Description: B1 Chapter in a Scholarly Book
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Series Name: Cross/Cultures. Readings in Post/Colonial Literatures and Cultures in English
Series Number : 176
Editor: Editor(s): Om Prakash Divedi
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