Coolie Woman

Author: Gaiutra Bahadur
Publisher: Hurst Publishers
ISBN: 1849042772
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Coolie Woman chronicles their epic passage from Calcutta to the Caribbean, from departures akin either to kidnap or escape, through sea voyages rife with sexploitation, to new worlds where women were in short supply.

Michigan Quarterly Review

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Caste pollution, the perceived shaming of women, or the possible loss of face
from having to associate with blacks and non-Hindus—for both the illiterate
coolie and his educated nationalist champion—there was little beyond this to feel
, or to ... One strong impression left by Gaiutra Bahadur's Coolie Woman, the
Odyssey of Indenture is that of an attempt to do the same under the guise of a
biography of Bahadur's great-grandmother—a coolie woman from Bihar named
Sujaria who, ...


Author: Marina Carter
Publisher: Anthem Press
ISBN: 1843310031
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A deconstruction of the stereotypical depictions of the coolie in the British Empire.

Indo Caribbean Indenture

Author: Lomarsh Roopnarine
Publisher: University of West Indies Press
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On literature, see Brinda Media, Diasporic (Dis)locations: Indo-Caribbean
Women Writers Negotiate the Kola Pani (Kingston: University of the West Indies
Press, 2004); Frank Birbalsingh, ed.,Jahaji: An Anthology of Indo-Caribbean
Fiction (Toronto: Tsar, 2000); V.S. Naipaul, Between Father and Son: Family
Letters (New York: Knopf, 2000); and David Dabydeen, Coolie Odyssey (London:
Hansib, 1988). On music, see Tina K. Ramnarine, Creating Their Own Space:
The Development ...

The Legacy Of Indian Indenture

Author: Mahin Gosine
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39 Malik, Dipak, "Indian Emigration in the Nineteenth Century" in Mahin Gosine
The East Indian Odyssey. New York: Windsor Press, 1994. pp. 152- 154. 40.
Mahabir, Kumar, "Marijuana as Ritual and Medicine: The Indo-Caribbean
Experience" in Mahin Gosine in The Legacy of Indian Indenture. New York:
Windsor Press, 1995. 41. Mahabir, Kumar, "The Assimilation of a Minority Group:
The East Indians of St. Lucia" in Mahin Gosine The Coolie Connection. New York
: Windsor Press, ...


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The laborers could, of course, take their masters to court, but as Immigration sub-
agent John Foster remarked, "the weight of opinion is found on the side of the
skilled evidence the employer can bring forward in his favor as against the
evidence of an ignorant coolie. The court has to decide on evidence, not on the
private opinion of the presiding judge" (CSO 1955/1892). The laborers suffered
similar difficulties over the minimum, statutory wage. The Colonial Sugar Refining
Company, ...