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Arguing Cases

Lisa Rose Mar

in Brokering Belonging

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780199733132
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199866533 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199733132.003.0003
Arguing Cases

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Despite racial bars to the legal profession, Chinese immigrants often made the law their instrument through interpreters who acted as informal legal brokers. They were paralegals who served Chinese clients and sometimes other non-white groups. The brokerage relations of these “Chinese lawyers” also illuminate another less visible aspect of legal history, the profoundly integrated nature of Canadian justice. Ethnic dispute resolution processes continually interacted with the formal justice system. David Lew’s murder mystery shows how these legal negotiations helped make the Canadian state a central institution in British Columbia’s early twentieth-century Chinese Diaspora.

Keywords: interpreters; law; immigrants; Chinese diaspora; paralegals; legal profession; crime; gambling; illegal immigration; ethnic politics; Chinese diaspora

Chapter.  8310 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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