A remittance man is an emigrant that is supported or assisted by the payment of money sent from home. Remittance Man also has a historical English meaning that dates back to 19th century when it was referred for sending money from Britain to a person living in distant locations like a British colony. Thus, it involved the sending of money in the opposite direction as compared to today’s usage of remittance. Generally, a remittance man or remittance woman refers to anyone who is living away from home and supported by their family in other house, city, or country irrespective of their reason for living there. Some of the reasons may include looking for business fortune, extended vacation, employment, education, or away from family, or legal troubles.
Successful Remittance Men – It refers to a remittance man that has been living separately from the family members for seeking their own fortune and proof of worth. An example of successful Remittance men is George Vanderbilt and Biltmore Estate. It also includes the persons whose family remittance payments came from middle class families. Historically, the examples of successful remittance men comprises of movement of many people from east coast family home to the west coast in America for seeking fortune and initiating new businesses.
Dark Side Remittance Men – It refers to the remittance men who were paid to stay away so that they would not bring any disgrace to the family. Most of the time, these men were of immoral character and drunken character. They have been sent overseas after their presence caused inconvenience in their home location. References to this can be found in the literary works of American writer Mark Twain and Canadian poet Robert Service. It was primarily used in a derogatory sense in major parts of the America in 20th century.