The Chinese Labour Question

The Chinese Labour Question

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1906 edition. Excerpt: ... realise that the seat of the recent war covered a country as extensive as Germany, Holland, Belgium, and France combined. "We now know something of South Africa. We knew little about it before we went there. " The Colonies of South Africa are now making history. Politicians at home should leave them alone. They resent very much the inclusion of their carefully considered reconstructive deeds on the ignorant husting's vituperations of home political parties. " Polygamy is at the root of the idleness of the native. His wives are his slaves. They do all his labour, supply all his wants, and he is able to lead a life of luxurious indolence. " Many of the mines on the Rand were shut down and idle for want of coloured labour. The Zulu was suffering from swelled head and opulence. The Chinaman, an educated, industrious and skilled artisan was available. Careful consideration was given to his employment. The local and home governments were consulted and approved the proposition. The effect has been magical. " The Chinese compound is a roomy, open space, enclosed generally by corrugated iron buildings, but frequently by well-built permanent buildings. Their cubicles are well furnished. They are decorated with coloured materials and photographs. They are supplied with eiderdown quilts. They have baths with hot and cold water. The Chinese are to be seen wandering about perfectly unconcerned and apparently very happy. Not a vestige of anything approaching slavery is evident, either among the Chinese or any other coloured people, in South Africa." MR. BURT AGAIN. " I have now seen the Chinamen at work and at play, I have seen them feeding, and in their sleeping quarters. The majority of them were of...show more

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  • Paperback | 34 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 82g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236927079
  • 9781236927071