The Chinese were the people most discriminated against in New Zealand society in the late 1800s and early 1900s.  The formal, legal discrimination was centred on immigration controls which restricted entry in general for Chinese and which also imposed a substantial poll tax on Chinese migrants.

The White New Zealand policy culminated in 1920 with legislation that passed control of Chinese immigration into the hands of a government minister.  At this point Chinese migration was pretty much halted altogether.

Support for these racist immigration controls united Tory-style traditional conservatives, liberals, feminists, a layer of Maori leaders, the ‘militant’ leaders of the Labour Party and ‘moderate’ elements atop the overall labour movement.

Below are the nine articles we’ve stuck up on the White New Zealand policy and the theoretical tools for analysing it.  We’ll be looking at the development of the policy in the 1890s and first two decades of the twentieth century in future feature articles.

Written in 1997: Arrested Development: the historiography of White New Zealand

Written in 1997: Analysing the White New Zealand policy: developing a theoretical framework

Written in 1997-98: Colonial social relations, the Chinese and the beginnings of New Zealand nationalist discourse

Written in 1998: Racialisation, subordination and the first exclusionary legislation

Drafted in 1998-99: Institutionalising the White New Zealand policy: the parliamentary debates of the early 1890s

Drafted in 1999/2000: (Re)presenting the parliamentary debates on White New Zealand in the 1890s – the data

Drafted in 2000: Analysing and contextualising the 1890s parliamentary debates on White New Zealand

Drafted in 2001: The making of the White New Zealand policy, pt 8: Consolidation – the social, political and intellectual context 1900-1910 

Drafted in 2002: The making of the White New Zealand policy, pt 9: White New Zealand entrenched, 1910-1920

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