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The Other Windrush

The Other Windrush

Invisible Passengers of Two Imperial Migrations

Maria del Pilar Kaladeen, David Dabydeen

The history and legacy of Indian and Chinese Caribbean indentured labourers who were part of the Windrush generation

Between the arrival of the HMT Empire Windrush in 1948 and the passing of the 1971 Immigration Act, half a million people came to the UK from the Caribbean. In the aftermath of the 2018 Windrush Scandal, the story of the Windrush Generation is more widely known than ever. But is it the whole story?

Through a series of biographical essays, poems and articles, The Other Windrush shines a light on the hidden history of a 'minority within a minority': Caribbean migrants of Indian and Chinese descent - often the descendants of indentured labourers - who were the 'invisible passengers' of the Windrush generation.

Both highlighting the diversity of their lives and cultural backgrounds, and delving into the largely forgotten history of the system of indenture in the British Caribbean, The Other Windrush makes a unique addition to the literature on migration and the British Empire.

Maria del Pilar Kaladeen is a writer and Associate Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies. She is the co-editor of the anthology We Mark Your Memory: Writing from the Descendants of Indenture.

David Dabydeen is an award-winning poet and novelist who worked at the University of Warwick's Yesu Persaud Centre for Caribbean Studies. He previously served as Guyana's Ambassador and Permanent Delegate to UNESCO and as Ambassador to China.

‘This illuminating, vivid volume is a fitting tribute to the experiences of migration, struggle and celebration that shaped those communities born out of the system of Caribbean indenture’ - Hanif Kureishi, author of ‘The Buddha of Suburbia’ (Faber & Faber, 2009)

'Through moving and insightful stories and testimonies, the legacies of indenture are powerfully inscribed' - Hannah Lowe, author of 'Long Time No See' (Periscope, 2015)

'This kaleidoscopic survey illuminates corners of modern Britain that have been overlooked. Filed with vivid stories about the Chinese and Indian contribution to Caribbean culture, it is also a vibrant history of immigration to the UK: a colourful work in every sense' - Sibghat Kadri QC

'I cried when I read this beautifully furious book on the life, loves and heroic struggles of my brave ancestors, the unfree indentured Indian and Chinese men and women who have been consciously and cruelly written out of British and Caribbean history' - Heidi Safia Mirza, Professor of Race, Faith and Culture at Goldsmith College, University of London

1. What's in a Face - Jonathan Phang (Television presenter and writer)
2. Mother Libations - Nalini Mohabir (Concordia University)
3. Scratching the Surface: A Jamaican Chinese Woman's Narrative Through Photography - Tao Leigh Goffe (Cornell University)
4. Pepperpot - Gordon Warnecke (Actor)
5. The Formation and Transformation of the Indian Diaspora in St. Vincent and the Grenadines - Arnold Thomas (International Indian Diaspora Council)
6. Everything of Us - Maria del Pilar Kaladeen (Institute of Commonwealth Studies)
7. Music across Generations - Tina K. Ramnarine (Royal Holloway, University of London)
8. Rudy Narayan: Fighting for the right to be me - Lainy Malkani (Journalist)
9. A Tale of Three Rivers - Mr Gee (Poet)
10. On the Buses - David Dabydeen (Writer)
Published by Pluto Press in Jun 2021
Paperback ISBN: 9780745343549
Hardcover ISBN: 9780745343556
eBook ISBN: 9780745343563

144 pages

129mm x 198mm