Depositions from captured men, their kidnappers, the captains of devil-ships and members of their crews as well as the memorials and correspondence of Chinese, British, and American officials are available in British Parliamentary Papers: Correspondence and returns respecting the emigration of Chinese Coolies 1858-92 and American Diplomatic and Public Papers: The Coolie Trade and Chinese Emigration.
Commissioners sent by the Chinese government interviewed contract laborers in Peru and Cuba. Yung Wing wrote about his investigation in his autobiography My Life in China and America. The Cuba Commission Report compiled data from over a thousand depositions. Among the few accounts written by former jui jai is Apunte historico de los Chinos en Cuba by Antonio Chuffat Latour (who should not be confused in any way with the character Pedro Chufat in God of Luck).
Peru's Chincha (guano) Islands in the nineteenth century were vividly described by naturalists and travelers-most notably Robert E. Coker, A. J. Duffield, Thomas J. Hutchinson, Robert Cushman Murphy, and George W. Peck-as well as writers, often anonymous, intent on protesting the mistreatment of Chinese laborers in publications such as The Anti-Slavery Reporter, Supplement to the Friend of China, and Chamber's Journal of Popular Literature.