The Impossible Colonial Border: Chinese migration and immigration policies in the Netherlands East Indies, 1880-1912

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The Impossible Colonial Border: Chinese migration and immigration policies in the Netherlands East Indies, 1880-1912

Type: Research master thesis
Title: The Impossible Colonial Border: Chinese migration and immigration policies in the Netherlands East Indies, 1880-1912
Author: Nugteren, Bastiaan
Issue Date: 2016-10-31
Keywords: Colonialism
Netherlands East Indies
Chinese Migration
Immigration
Borders
Dutch East Indies
Chinese history
Overseas Chinese
Southeast-Asia
Fingerprinting
Abstract: This research analyzes the Dutch reactions in the Netherlands East Indies to the growing amount of Chinese migrants entering the colony in the period 1880-1912. Through a focus on immigration policies, public opinion in Indies newspapers, fingerprinting policies, diplomacy with China, consular representation and discussions on nationality, this research explains why the Netherlands East Indies as a colonial state could not close its borders for Chinese migrants, even when considering anti-Chinese immigration policies were a global phenomenon in this period. As this research shows, both the specific nature of the Dutch colonial state and the increasing diplomatic pressure from China were important factors in how Dutch immigration policies were shaped.
Description: Sources gathered for this research originate from both the colonial archives in the National Archives in The Hague and the Arsip Nasional in Jakarta. This thesis has been graded with an 8.5/10.
Supervisor: Schrikker, Alicia
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities
Department: History (Research master)
Specialisation: Colonial and Global History
ECTS Credits: 40
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/43788
 

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