What is another word for coolie?

Pronunciation: [kˈuːli] (IPA)

Coolie is a term that has been used to describe unskilled laborers in Asia, particularly in countries like China and India. However, the term is considered derogatory and offensive as it has been used historically to oppress and dehumanize these laborers. Synonyms for coolie include words like laborer, worker, employee, porter, peon, and servant. These words are more appropriate to describe individuals working in certain industries and professions and should be used instead of coolie. It is essential to use language that is respectful and free from any discriminatory or derogatory connotations, especially to avoid perpetuating harmful stereotypes and attitudes.

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Usage examples for Coolie

I passed a number of coolie huts, each standing in a little pineapple patch.
"Reminiscences of a South African Pioneer"
W. C. Scully
There was a rush of coolie porters on board, and our two friends, surrounded by all their worldly goods, planted a first footstep on the land which was to be the scene of their start in life.
"The Luck of Gerard Ridgeley"
Bertram Mitford
He kept the punkah-coolie perpetually at his task.
"The Lamp in the Desert"
Ethel M. Dell

Famous quotes with Coolie

  • I must confess that I am unable to appreciate the merits of Confucius. His writings are largely occupied with trivial points of etiquette, and his main concern is to teach people how to behave correctly on various occasions. When one compares him, however, with the traditional religious teachers of some other ages and races, one must admit that he has great merits, even if they are mainly negative. His system, as developed by his followers, is one of pure ethics, without religious dogma; it has not given rise to a powerful priesthood, and it has not led to persecution. It certainly has succeeded in producing a whole nation possessed of exquisite manners and perfect courtesy. Nor is Chinese courtesy merely conventional; it is quite as reliable in situations for which no precedent has been provided. And it is not confined to one class; it exists even in the humblest coolie. It is humiliating to watch the brutal insolence of white men received by the Chinese with a quiet dignity which cannot demean itself to answer rudeness with rudeness. Europeans often regard this as weakness, but it is really strength, the strength by which the Chinese have hitherto conquered all their conquerors.
    Bertrand Russell
  • The human body as an obedient coolie, to be fed and hosed down
    J. G. Ballard

Related words: Indian coolie, coolies in India, coolies in South Asia, coolies on the Indian subcontinent, coolies in the British Empire, coolie trade

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