Year: 2004 Source: Latin American Perspectives, v.136, no.3, (May 2004), p.18-47 SIEC No: 20050366

This essay demonstrates how the social economy of late-nineteenth-century Cuba constructed Chinese identity in expendable terms through law, labour, & sexuality, how several hundred Chinese responded to those terms, & the outcomes of their responses as dictated by the Spanish imperial justice system. The extremely high rate of suicide among Chinese indentured labourers in late-nineteenth-century Cuba is noted, & possible explanations are explored. (47 refs)