Story: Ethnic inequalities

Chinese pakapoo shop, Dunedin, 1904 (1st of 2)

Chinese pakapoo shop, Dunedin, 1904

Chinese miners were initially invited into Otago in the late 1860s to work on the goldfields. They quickly faced suspicion and some hostility from the locals, who found their customs strange. By the turn of the century the Chinese had moved into the cities, where they continued to face resistance to full participation in New Zealand society. They lived in small exclusive enclaves, where they practised some of their traditional interests such as pakapoo gambling.

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David Pearson, 'Ethnic inequalities - European majority, Asian minorities: 1840–1945', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 3 August 2021)

Story by David Pearson, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 21 May 2018