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Sons of the Yellow Emperor: A History of the Chinese Diaspora

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THE FIRST COMPREHENSIVE ACCOUNT OF THE WORLD'S GREATIEST CONTINUING MIGRATION

The Chinese Diaspora stretches all over the world. It represents the most widespread and prolonged series of migrations by one nation ever. Chinese emigrants have been tycoons in Hong Kong and America, coolies in Peru and South Africa, underworld gangsters in San Francisco and Bangkok. Today, whether as near-slave laborers on illicit planes and freighters, or as ...

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THE FIRST COMPREHENSIVE ACCOUNT OF THE WORLD'S GREATIEST CONTINUING MIGRATION

The Chinese Diaspora stretches all over the world. It represents the most widespread and prolonged series of migrations by one nation ever. Chinese emigrants have been tycoons in Hong Kong and America, coolies in Peru and South Africa, underworld gangsters in San Francisco and Bangkok. Today, whether as near-slave laborers on illicit planes and freighters, or as bankers and traders from a world network of high finance, the Chinese are on the move as much as ever.

In this rich blend of history, biography, and travel, noted author Lynn Pan recounts why emigrants have left China; how their dispersal has been shaped and stimulated by imperialist Western powers; and how the all-male frontier groups were transformed into complex communities organized by clan, dialect, and secret society. In the process, she takes us inside the supposedly closed world of the overseas Chinese and shows how, in a curious boomerang effect, these expatriates are currently changing the supposedly eternal face of China-perhaps forever. A new afterword by the author comments on the ironies that result when multiculturalism and emigrant culture meet head-on.

When twelve-year-old Terry DiSunno falls for hot shot pitcher, Iceman, it's up to the Pink Parrots, her baseball team, to help her win his heart and the game.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Population explosion, poverty and corruption have driven millions of Chinese from their homeland. Emigration, persistent since the 1600s, reached a floodtide in the second half of the 19th century. Chinese cut sugar in Hawaii, worked mines in the Transvaal, built Madagascar's first roads and Manila's finest churches and hospitals. Pan, a Shanghai-born writer based in Hong Kong and England, writes with exceptional skill and clarity about a vast, complex subject. The wave of anti-Chinese hysteria in San Francisco after the boom days was not untypical of the discrimination and cruelties the Chinese faced. Pan explores Chinatowns from New York to Bangkok and discusses intermarriage, triads (secret societies), Chinese food. She paints the Chinese immigrant experience as a human drama in this moving, inspirational account of one group's survival and success. Photos. (Oct.)
Library Journal
A savvy journalist working out of Hong Kong has written a lively, well-researched history of emigrant Chinese communities: why and how they left China, their political and cultural adaptations in the face of almost universal hostility, and their roles in the contemporary world. Pan makes a major, eye-opening contribution in this text that ranges in time over four centuries and in place from the Philippines to Peru to France to North America. She clarifies her potentially confusing panorama with opinionated anecdotes and gossipy biographies, as well as wonderful chapters on the role of Chinese food and the comparative anatomy of Chinatowns. Highly recommended for general readers and scholars interested in Asia, cultural diversity, or in seeing Chinese-American experience in wide perspective.-- Charles W. Hayford, Northwestern Univ., Evanston, Ill.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781568360324
  • Publisher: Kodansha International
  • Publication date: 6/28/1994
  • Series: Kodansha Globe Ser.
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 8.38 (w) x 5.63 (h) x 1.19 (d)

Meet the Author

LYNN PAN, raised in Shanghai, Borneo, and England, now lives in Hong Kong. She is also the author of Tracing it Home (Kodansha America, 1993)

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