History Main / ChineseLaborer

6th Jan '16 7:28:35 AM Morgenthaler
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27th Oct '15 9:01:21 AM Morgenthaler
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* Miniature Chinese laborer figures come to life and attack Ben Stiller's character in a wild west diorama in ''NightAtTheMuseum''.

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* Miniature Chinese laborer figures come to life and attack Ben Stiller's character in a wild west diorama in ''NightAtTheMuseum''.''Film/NightAtTheMuseum''.



* There's a scene in the RobertAltman film ''McCabeAndMrsMiller'' where a mining company operative details an elaborate mineral extraction scheme involving Chinese laborers and lots of explosives. As you might imagine, the laborers weren't expected to survive.
* ''DeathToSmoochy'' has Edward Norton's pacifist character explain, "When my brothers played CowboysAndIndians, I was always the Chinese railroad worker."

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* There's a scene in the RobertAltman film ''McCabeAndMrsMiller'' ''Film/McCabeAndMrsMiller'' where a mining company operative details an elaborate mineral extraction scheme involving Chinese laborers and lots of explosives. As you might imagine, the laborers weren't expected to survive.
* ''DeathToSmoochy'' ''Film/DeathToSmoochy'' has Edward Norton's pacifist character explain, "When my brothers played CowboysAndIndians, I was always the Chinese railroad worker."
26th Sep '15 6:46:58 AM Morgenthaler
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* In the last 2 books of the WhatKatyDid series, Clover and In the High Valley, Clarence Page, Geoff Templestowe, and their wives hire a Chinese cook, Choo Loo. While the Christian protagonists don't quite agree with his use of joss sticks, and "the ways and means of his mysteriously conducted kitchen", he is a "capital cook", and the ladies appreciate the way he likes to decorate the food he serves. In fact, Lionel Young, when setting up his own residence, tells his sister, Imogen, that, "I wish we could have the luck to happen on his brother or nephew for ourselves."
* In Literature/{{Portlandtown}}, many of the boatmen who offer transportation through Portland's flooded winter streets are Chinese immigrants.

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* In the last 2 books of the WhatKatyDid ''Literature/WhatKatyDid'' series, Clover and In the High Valley, Clarence Page, Geoff Templestowe, and their wives hire a Chinese cook, Choo Loo. While the Christian protagonists don't quite agree with his use of joss sticks, and "the ways and means of his mysteriously conducted kitchen", he is a "capital cook", and the ladies appreciate the way he likes to decorate the food he serves. In fact, Lionel Young, when setting up his own residence, tells his sister, Imogen, that, "I wish we could have the luck to happen on his brother or nephew for ourselves."
* In Literature/{{Portlandtown}}, ''Literature/{{Portlandtown}}'', many of the boatmen who offer transportation through Portland's flooded winter streets are Chinese immigrants.



* Kwai Chang Caine tended to run into a lot of these while WalkingTheEarth in ''KungFu''; not surprising given his ethnicity.

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* Kwai Chang Caine tended to run into a lot of these while WalkingTheEarth in ''KungFu''; ''Series/KungFu''; not surprising given his ethnicity.



* ''HaveGunWillTravel'' features hotel porter Hey Boy (and for one season his sister Hey Girl) as a major recurring character.

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* ''HaveGunWillTravel'' ''Series/HaveGunWillTravel'' features hotel porter Hey Boy (and for one season his sister Hey Girl) as a major recurring character.



* An episode of the RadioDrama ''HaveGunWillTravel'' had Paladin attempting to keep his friend/servant "Hey Boy" from taking bloody vengeance on a white railroad construction supervisor who'd killed one of his relatives (as there were laws preventing Chinese from testifying against whites in criminal cases, it was nearly impossible to prosecute white-on-Chinese violence in the courts).

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* An episode of the RadioDrama ''HaveGunWillTravel'' ''Radio/HaveGunWillTravel'' had Paladin attempting to keep his friend/servant "Hey Boy" from taking bloody vengeance on a white railroad construction supervisor who'd killed one of his relatives (as there were laws preventing Chinese from testifying against whites in criminal cases, it was nearly impossible to prosecute white-on-Chinese violence in the courts).



* The video game ''ShadowWarrior'' features undead coolies as a type of enemy. They try to blow you up with dynamite, and sometimes come back as ghosts when they die.

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* The video game ''ShadowWarrior'' ''VideoGame/ShadowWarrior'' features undead coolies as a type of enemy. They try to blow you up with dynamite, and sometimes come back as ghosts when they die.
3rd Jun '15 1:58:17 AM johnnye
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* Due to a lack of white "[[UsefulNotes/BritishEnglish labour]]", Chinese laborers work the Central Pacific railroad in ''Film/TheIronHorse''.

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* Due to a lack of white "[[UsefulNotes/BritishEnglish labour]]", labour, Chinese laborers labourers work the Central Pacific railroad in ''Film/TheIronHorse''.
15th Apr '15 3:50:14 PM MarkLungo
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* There's a LaurenceYep series called ''Literature/GoldenMountainChronicles'', after the Chinese nickname for California. It's a series that follows a Chinese-American family over a number of generations, and the protagonists of some of the earlier books were Chinese laborers working on the railroads.

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* There's a LaurenceYep Creator/LaurenceYep series called ''Literature/GoldenMountainChronicles'', after the Chinese nickname for California. It's a series that follows a Chinese-American family over a number of generations, and the protagonists of some of the earlier books were Chinese laborers working on the railroads.



* ''EastOfEden'' has Lee, a Chinese cook and valet (also a stereotype at one time in California), who has a horrible backstory about how his mother disguised herself as a man so she could live and work alongside his father on the railroad, hiding her pregnancy when it came about, until the day she gave birth. Her husband wasn't nearby to help her, and when the other workers realized there was a woman in their midst they basically gang-raped her to death.

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* ''EastOfEden'' ''Literature/EastOfEden'' has Lee, a Chinese cook and valet (also a stereotype at one time in California), who has a horrible backstory about how his mother disguised herself as a man so she could live and work alongside his father on the railroad, hiding her pregnancy when it came about, until the day she gave birth. Her husband wasn't nearby to help her, and when the other workers realized there was a woman in their midst they basically gang-raped her to death.
13th Mar '15 12:15:52 PM Quanyails
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* ''TabletopGame/{{Deadlands}}'' example: the Iron Dragon Railroad is staffed almost completely with these, plus some [[EverybodyWasKungFuFighting kung-fuists]] and the [[YellowPeril Fu Manchu]] ripoff, Warlord Kang.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Deadlands}}'' example: In ''TabletopGame/{{Deadlands}}'', the Iron Dragon Railroad is staffed almost completely with these, plus some [[EverybodyWasKungFuFighting kung-fuists]] and the [[YellowPeril Fu Manchu]] ripoff, Warlord Kang.
7th Feb '15 2:22:59 AM Morgenthaler
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* A bunch of them feature in ''ShanghaiNoon''.
* Chinese laborers also appear in the remake of ''[[ThreeTenToYuma 3:10 to Yuma]]'' on a railroad construction site.

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* A bunch of them feature in ''ShanghaiNoon''.
''Film/ShanghaiNoon''.
* Chinese laborers also appear in the remake of ''[[ThreeTenToYuma 3:10 to Yuma]]'' ''Film/ThreeTenToYuma'' on a railroad construction site.
11th Oct '14 7:07:27 AM gallium
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* A number of them are seen as incidental characters in ''The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin.''

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* A number Due to a lack of them are seen as incidental characters white "[[UsefulNotes/BritishEnglish labour]]", Chinese laborers work the Central Pacific railroad in ''The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin.''
''Film/TheIronHorse''.
11th Oct '14 7:04:24 AM gallium
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The supertrope is EthnicMenialLabor.
30th Sep '14 5:30:43 AM Elkhound
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* Mexico also imported Chinese labor to build their railroads; to this day there is a large Chinese community in Juarez City. Any El Pasan will tell you that the best Chinese restaurants in the area are in Juarez City.
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