Chinese ‘Characteristics’ in India: A Reading of Foreigner Registration Files 1940s-1960s

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Global Think Tank Center · Academic Activities


FDDI Overseas Visiting Scholar Seminar(23)


2017年11月23日15:00丨15:00PM, November 23rd, 2017

地点 Venue

复旦大学智库楼203室丨Room 203, Think Tank Building, Fudan University

主办 Host

复旦发展研究院 丨Fudan Development Institute

复旦大学孔子学院办公室丨Confucius Institute Affairs Office, Fudan University

主持人 Chair

Timothy Cheek


Professor, Institute of Asian Research, University of British Columbia


Chinese ‘Characteristics’ in India: A Reading of Foreigner Registration Files 1940s-1960s




Lisa Lindkvist   Zhang

Prem Poddar

Doctoral   Fellow, Heidelberg University

Professor,   Roskilde University



Examining archival files from the Kalimpong Foreigner Registration Office and its Calcutta counterpart, this paper delineates how the category of the Chinese national was construed over the span of 20 years, first by the British-Indian colonial state until 1947 and then the postcolonial Indian authorities. Strategically situated on the Ancient Tea Horse Road connecting China to India, Kalimpong, the Himalayan border town, specifically lent itself to Alien Acts that were promulgated in differing forms all over the British Empire. The state set up a surreptitious rule of colonial difference, as officers in Kalimpong were faced with the challenge to identify— due to the place’s muddled multi-ethnicity— Chinese from merely ‘Chinese-looking’ individuals. A set of Chinese ‘characteristics’ or profiles to assist in the identification process produced a matrix of how the Indian Government framed the Chinese in India.     




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