Race, tea and colonial resettlement : imperial families, interrupted / Jane McCabe.
- London, England : Bloomsbury Academic, 2017.
1 online resource (254 pages) : illustrations, photographs, maps, tables
- Tea plantations -- Social aspects -- India -- History -- 20th century.
Plantation owners -- Family relationships -- India -- History -- 20th century.
Imperialism -- Social aspects -- India -- History -- 20th century.
Racially mixed people -- India -- History -- 20th century.
Miscegenation -- India -- History -- 20th century.
Land settlement -- New Zealand -- History -- 20th century.
Anglo-Indians -- History -- 20th century.
New Zealand -- Emigration and immigration -- History -- 20th century.
Kālimpong (India) -- Emigration and immigration -- History -- 20th century.
India -- Race relations -- History -- 20th century.
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- "In the early 20th century, the 'problem' of interracial relations between British colonials and natives was a hotly debated topic in British India. One Scottish missionary's solution was to isolate and raise the mixed-race children of British tea planters and local women in an institution in Kalimpong, in the foothills of the Himalayas, before permanently resettling them--far from their maternal homeland--as workers in New Zealand. Historian Jane McCabe leads us through a compelling research journey that began with uncovering the story of her own grandmother, Lorna Peters, one of 130 adolescents resettled in New Zealand under the scheme between 1908 and 1938. Using records from the 'Homes' in Kalimpong and in-depth interviews with other descendants in New Zealand, she crafts a compelling, evocative, and unsentimental yet moving narrative--one that not only brings an untold part of imperial history to light, but also transforms previously broken and hushed family histories into an extraordinary collective story. This book attends to both the affective dimension of these traumatic familial disruptions, and to the larger economic and political drivers that saw government and missionary schemes breaking up Anglo-Indian families--schemes that relied on future forgetting"--Provided by publisher.
"A 20th-century saga of interracial Anglo-Indian tea dynasties prised apart and scattered as far away as New Zealand"--Provided by publisher.
- 1. Introduction: The Origin Narrative
Section 1. India : Separations
2. Assam Tea Plantation Families
3. St. Andrew's Colonial Homes
Section 2. New Zealand : Resettlement
4. 1910s : Pathway to a Settler Colony
5. 1920s : Working the Permit System
6. 1930s : Decline and Discontinuance
Section 3. Transnational Families
- Includes bibliographical references (pages -241) and index.
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