Mapping the Chinese Diaspora: Chinatowns in Latin American Narratives


ACLS Project Development Grants


World Languages and Cultures


Chinese people, as “out-landers/outsiders” in Latin American countries, oftentimes are portrayed as negative stereotypes. Many even consider that all Chinese immigrants in Latin America have the same background and arrived at the same time. To challenge the misconception that “all the Chinese in Latin America arrived at the same time” and other stereotypes, my project uses the literary portrayals of four Chinatowns in Spanish American novels––those of Mexico, Cuba, Peru, and Argentina––as coordinates to map out the literary depictions of diverse immigrational fluxes in North America, South America, and the Caribbean.