Chinese Cubans is now the standard text on the history of the Chinese in Cuba. Utilizing a transnational and hemispheric approach, Kathleen López examines the history of Chinese immigration to Cuba from 1847 to the present. In many significant ways, she revises our understanding of Chinese migration to Cuba during the coolie trade and the subsequent waves of Chinese settlement that took place between 1902 and 1959. As her overarching aim, López seeks to explain “how racist ideologies in a multiethnic society, class stratification, gender imbalance, kinship and business networks, and generational differences converged to shape Chinese identities in Cuba” (p. 5). She accomplishes this goal quite superbly.

Chinese Cubans makes an outstanding contribution to the recent literature on Asians in Latin America, which includes works such as Julia María Schiavone Camacho's Chinese Mexicans: Transpacific Migration and the Search for a Homeland,...

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