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With the discovery of tin deposits in the Kinta District of Malaysia in the 1890s, the population increased from 4,000 to 123,000, mainly as a result of the arrival of Chinese immigrants. Kinta became the most productive alluvial tin-mining region in the world. This study of Chinese working people in Kinta explores how their lives have been affected by the economic changes of the last 100 years. The dynamics between hegemonic structural processes and the ordinary people, powerless to influence the events of history, is the major focus of the book.
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Book Description Oxford University Press, 1989. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. A copy that has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. In the 1880s, an estimated 4,000 people lived in the Kinta District of Malaya. Twenty years later, with the discovery of tin deposits, the population had increased to 123,000, comprised mainly of Chinese immigrants who found employment as coolies in the open-cast mines. Although the tin industry was gradually brought under the control of the British colonial government, the lives of the workers largely remained beyond its reach. This study of the Chinese working people in Kinta over a 100-year period explores how their lives have been affected by these changes and how they have adjusted in order to meet the challenges posed by changing situations. Seller Inventory # RWARE0000046365
Book Description Oxford University Press, Singapore, 1988. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. A comprehensive survey of how the Kinta Valley in the Malaysian state of Perak was transformed in one century. The focus of the book is on the main engine of change, the Chinese community, who arrived mainly as coolies to work on the world's most productive alluvial tin mining area. The author also demonstrates how, as mechanisation and other sources of tin forced the community to look elsewhere for work, it adapted, grew and moved into other occupations which helped maintain the area's economic significance. xv and 304 pages with figures, appendices, a bibliography and an index. Weight 0.7kg. Post free within Malaysia The cover has some minor bumps at the corners and the first and last end papers have a little bit of spotting. The binding is tight, the text is clear and there is no tanning throughout. Seller Inventory # ML3164