Book Launch: Colonialism and Male Domestic Service across the Asia Pacific,...

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Please join us for the launch of Colonialism and Male Domestic Service across the Asia Pacific by Julia Martínez, Claire Lowrie, Frances Steel and Victoria Haskins (Bloomsbury 2019). The book will be launched by Professor Penny Russell (University of Sydney). Light refreshments will be served. RSVP by 11 February 2019.

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Asian and indigenous male servants were employed in what was purported to be the most humble of jobs, and yet their ubiquitous presence across the colonial world gave them a degree of cultural influence that has been largely overlooked in the literature on labour mobility in the age of empire. With case studies from British Hong Kong, Singapore, northern Australia, Fiji and British Columbia, French Indochina, the American Philippines and the Dutch East Indies, the book delves into the intimate and often conflicted relationships between European and American colonists and their servants. It explores the lives of houseboys, cooks and gardeners in the colonial home; considers the bell-boys and waiters in the grand colonial hotels; and follows the stewards and cabin-boys on the steamships that stitched together colonies across the Indian and Pacific Oceans. This broad conception of service allows Colonialism and Male Domestic Service across the Asia Pacific to illuminate trans-colonial or cross-border influences through the mobility of servants and their employers.


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