Title

White mistresses and Chinese "houseboys": domestic politics in Singapore and Darwin from the 1910s to the 1930s

RIS ID

91439

Publication Details

Lowrie, C. K. (2015). White mistresses and Chinese "houseboys": domestic politics in Singapore and Darwin from the 1910s to the 1930s. In V. Haskins and C. K. Lowrie (Eds.), Colonization and Domestic Service: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives (pp. 210-231). United Kingdom: Routledge.

Additional Publication Information

ISBN: 9781138013896

Abstract

The 1910s to the 1930s marked a time of change and upheaval across the colonial world. While small numbers of white women had long played a role in empire as wives, missionaries, travelers and workers, the period saw significant increases in the numbers of British, European, American and Australian women visiting and settling in colonies throughout Southeast Asia and the Pacific (Bulbeck 1992: 207; Knapman 1986: 142; Stoler 2002: 33). Colonial administrators regarded the increasing numbers of white women visiting and settling in the colonies as a welcome development· however these women were publicly condemned in the local press and often by their own husbands and fathers as unsuitable colonizers (see for example Knapman 1986: 16)

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