The Chinese Diaspora: Space, Place, Mobility and Identity

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Susan M. Walcott, Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: This book contributes to research on Chinese who are living outside China, a corpus that has steadily expanded since the mid-1960s. Ma’s introductory essay clearly sets out the historical periodicity of the explosion of population from China as part of global push-pull movements reflecting early efforts to escape domestic rebellions by building railroads. The migration flow, which was unleashed in the watershed restructuring year of 1965, has culminated in the contemporary bifurcation, from highly educated aspirants to desperate “container migrants” following shady “snake heads.” Schools of theoretical explanations and classifications of migration are also set out, along with their shortcomings for dealing with the complexity of the Chinese experience. Well-published authors who are conversant in their geographic locales, including Cindy Fan on Los Angeles, Sen-dou Chang on Hawaii, Lily Kong and Brenda Yeoh on Singapore, David Lai on the Canadian experience, and Jack Williams on the Taiwanese as hua ch’iao, contribute meaty and thoughtful essays that touch on the varied nature of receiving areas.

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Economic Geography Vol. 80 (4), 413-414
Language: English
Date: 2004
Book review, China, essays, domestic rebellions, container migrants, expansion

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