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COOLIE DIASPORA: FROM INDENTURESHIP TO TRANSNATIONAL COMMUNITIES
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (EST)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Two groundbreaking works on the history of indentured labor and the Asian diaspora in the Caribbean come into conversation with one another. In Coolie Woman: The Odyssey of Indenture (University of Chicago Press, 2013), Gaiutra Bahadur traces the story of her great-grandmother, who in 1903 journeyed from India to Guyana and, through the excavation of countless colonial archives, reveals the complex lives of a quarter of a million other “coolie women” like her. Pankaj Mishra writes that Coolie Woman, “shows, with understated literary power, the bitterly paradoxical nature of colonial modernity: the unbearable dialectic between enslavement and liberation that many unsung millions underwent in their private lives.”