Searching for Mr. Chin : Constructions of Nation and the Chinese in West Indian Literature

Anne-Marie Lee-Loy

Winner! Gordon K. and Sybil Lewis Book Award, Caribbean Studies Association, 2011

In her groundbreaking interdisciplinary work, Searching for Mr. Chin, Anne-Marie Lee-Loy seeks to map and understand a cultural process of identity formation: “Chineseness” in the West Indies. Reading behind the stereotypical image of the Chinese in the West Indies, she compares fictional representations of Chinese characters in Jamaica, Trinidad, and Guyana to reveal the social and racial hierarchies present in literature by popular authors such as V.S. Naipaul and Samuel Selvon, as well as lesser known writers and in less accessible literary texts.