Book cover of The Chinese Question: The Gold Rushes, Chinese Migration, and Global Politics by Mae Ngaiby Mae Ngai

Winner of the 2022 Bancroft Prize

Finalist for the 2022 Los Angeles Times Book Prize

How Chinese migration to the world’s goldfields upended global power and economics and forged modern conceptions of race.

In roughly five decades, between 1848 and 1899, more gold was removed from the earth than had been mined in the 3,000 preceding years, bringing untold wealth to individuals and nations. But friction between Chinese and white settlers on the goldfields of California, Australia, and South Africa catalyzed a global battle over “the Chinese Question”: would the United States and the British Empire outlaw Chinese immigration?

Interview with the Author

Podcast Art for the New Book NetworkNew Books Network 
Mae Ngai, “The Chinese Question: The Gold Rushes, Chinese Migration, and Global Politics” (W. W. Norton, 2022)
7/4/22           48 min


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