Story: Ethnic inequalities

Chinese greengrocer

Chinese greengrocer

In the face of discrimination in New Zealand society, both Chinese and Indians took up particular niches in the economy where they could cooperate with other members of their ethnic communities. One specialised role was as greengrocers, where they were able to draw on relationships with their compatriots who were market gardeners. This Chinese family is in their greengrocer's shop in the early 20th century.

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David Pearson, 'Ethnic inequalities - European majority, Asian minorities: 1840–1945', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 26 September 2021)

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