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Palgrave Studies in the History of Science and Technology

Chinese Market Gardening in Australia and New Zealand

Gardens of Prosperity

Authors: Boileau, Joanna

  • Multidisciplinary approach, covering the fields of technology transfer, history, historical archaeology, material culture studies and Chinese diaspora studiesContributes to a historical understanding of human responses to climate and the dynamic relationship between international migration, settlement and environment
  • Transnational and comparative approach, placing Chinese market gardeners in Australia and New Zealand within the context of the broader Chinese diaspora
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About this book

This book offers a fresh perspective on the Chinese diaspora. It is about the mobilisation of knowledge across time and space, exploring the history of Chinese market gardening in Australia and New Zealand. It enlarges our understanding of processes of technological change and human mobility, highlighting the mobility of migrants as an essential element in the mobility and adaptation of technologies. Truly multidisciplinary, Chinese Market Gardening in Australia and New Zealand incorporates elements of economic, agricultural, social, cultural and environmental history, along with archaeology, to document how Chinese market gardeners from subtropical southern China adapted their horticultural techniques and technologies to novel environments and the demands of European consumers. It shows that they made a significant contribution to the economies of Australia and New Zealand, developing flexible strategies to cope with the vagaries of climate and changing business and social environments which were often hostile towards Asian immigrants.

Chinese Market Gardening in Australia and New Zealand will appeal to students and scholars in the fields of the Chinese diaspora, in particular the history of the Chinese in Australasia; the history of technology; horticultural and garden history; and environmental history, as well as Asian studies more generally.

About the authors

Joanna Boileau is a historian living in New Zealand. She has worked in museums and on cultural heritage projects in Australasia. She has a PhD in history from the University of New England in New South Wales, Australia, and a Masters in archaeology from the University of Auckland, New Zealand. 

Reviews

“Joanna Boileau’s book offers a rare and much needed look at the environmental history of Chinese diasporic agriculture. Exploring the place that Chinese market gardeners made for themselves in both Australia and New Zealand, this fascinating, expertly researched book uses both physical and documentary evidence to show how immigrant Chinese gardeners (and their descendants) adapted their agricultural techniques to help them thrive as agriculturists in the varied ecological, social, and commercial settings of Australia and New Zealand. This compelling story offers valuable insights into the mobility of people, knowledge and skills in the context of migration.” (Suzanne M. Moon, Department of the History of Science, University of Oklahoma, USA)

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eBook 95,19 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-51871-8
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover 119,59 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-51870-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Chinese Market Gardening in Australia and New Zealand
Book Subtitle
Gardens of Prosperity
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in the History of Science and Technology
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-51871-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-51871-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-51870-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 327
Number of Illustrations and Tables
18 b/w illustrations
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