This site is dedicated to the preservation of West Indian History on the internet, its construction was part of an assignment for the inaugural ‘Digital History Course'( HIST2807) offered at the University of the West Indies Saint Augustine Campus. This site traces the early waves of Chinese immigration from 1806 onwards and examines Chinese activities in Trinidad such as Business activities and Chinese associations. There are also sections on Chinese culture such as Religion, Family Life, Art and the Trinidad phenomenon Play Whe. These sections give a historical background to the Chinese in Trinidad rather than a profiling of individuals.
The site is intended to appeal to Caribbean History students in secondary schools, university students and anyone who is generally interested in Chinese immigration to Trinidad or Immigration studies. A special aspect of this site examines new waves of Chinese Migration in Trinidad including the development and re-emergence of Chinese groceries and restaurants as well as their implications for the wider society. There is also a special newspaper article written in 1984 for the Trinidad Express Newspapers by Professor Brinsley Samaroo on the Chinese in Trinidad.
Inspiration for the construction of this site was derived from the inaccurate views by Caribbean History syllabi that the Chinese first arrived in Trinidad after the emancipation of African slaves to fill a labour vacuum. However records indicate that the Chinese first arrived in Trinidad in 1806, decades before emancipation. The contributions of the Chinese community to Trinidad and their culture is often left out by scholars therefore it is necessary to place their history on an equal footing.
Special thanks must be given to Dr. Debbie McCollin at the Department of History for introducing such a course at the University of the West Indies and providing the necessary skills and constructive criticism to make this site possible.
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