The Chinese Diaspora: Space, Place, Mobility and Identity

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In this first book to explore the Chinese diaspora from geographical perspectives, leading scholars in the field consider the profound importance of meanings of place and the spatial processes of mobility and settlement for the Chinese overseas. They trace the Chinese diaspora everywhere it has become a significant force, from Southeast Asia to Oceania, North America, Latin America, and Europe. Providing an important historical perspective, the contributors analyze the sharp differences between sojourning Chinese...

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Overview

In this first book to explore the Chinese diaspora from geographical perspectives, leading scholars in the field consider the profound importance of meanings of place and the spatial processes of mobility and settlement for the Chinese overseas. They trace the Chinese diaspora everywhere it has become a significant force, from Southeast Asia to Oceania, North America, Latin America, and Europe. Providing an important historical perspective, the contributors analyze the sharp differences between sojourning Chinese prior to the 1960s and the transnational Chinese of the current era, especially in terms of spatial distribution, mobility, economic status, occupational structure, and identity formation. Anyone interested in the powerful phenomenon of Chinese migration will find this comprehensive work an invaluable resource.

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Choice
This excellent work examines the international communities of ethnic Chinese who are frequently known collectively as the "Overseas Chinese". . . . Notable for fresh, thorough, and vibrant essays. The articles are well documented and suitable to support academic research, but their content and prose are such that this book will be valuable to anyone interested in the Overseas Chinese or in international migration. It will likely become a classic of Chinese migration and population studies.
Professional Geographer
This book provides an excellent overview by comprehensively discussing the historical and contemporary Chinese diasporas across the globe. The book makes an important and timely contribution to the study of Chinese diasporas from a geographical perspective. It is a valuable reference for social scientists, a potential course textbook, and a good resource for anyone interested in globalization, transnationalism, and the Chinese diaspora.
The Canadian Geographer
[A] thoroughly useful collection, a comprehensive and cohesive book.
— David Lay
Pacific Affairs
This welcome collection of essays puts the focus in migration where it naturally lies—on geography. The editors argue persuasively that geography has been given short shrift in discussions of migration, even though this field of knowledge is at the heart of migration.
The China Journal
Offers an extensive and thought-provoking exploration of the Chinese diaspora and of what it is to be 'Chinese' across a wide range of situations and locations.
The Geographical Review
A must-read for people who are interested in the current debates on immigration and transnationalism....The book not only provides a wealth of information on the Chinese diasporic population around the world but also forcefully interjects a geographical perspective into the center of the theoretical discussion of transnationalism.
— Yu Zhou
Economic Geography
This book contributes to research on Chinese who are living outside China....[The] authors...contribute meaty and thoughtful essays that touch on the varied nature of receiving areas....The amply demonstrated multiplicity of experience does, indeed, produce 'tangled geographies,' providing intriguing material for continued examinations well fuelled by the work of this volume's authors.
— Susan M. Walcott
CHOICE
This excellent work examines the international communities of ethnic Chinese who are frequently known collectively as the "Overseas Chinese". . . . Notable for fresh, thorough, and vibrant essays. The articles are well documented and suitable to support academic research, but their content and prose are such that this book will be valuable to anyone interested in the Overseas Chinese or in international migration. It will likely become a classic of Chinese migration and population studies.
The Canadian Geographer - David Lay
[A] thoroughly useful collection, a comprehensive and cohesive book.
Yue-man Yeung
This is an important and valuable reference volume. There is no book that covers the Chinese diaspora as comprehensively as this one.
The Geographical Review - Yu Zhou
A must-read for people who are interested in the current debates on immigration and transnationalism....The book not only provides a wealth of information on the Chinese diasporic population around the world but also forcefully interjects a geographical perspective into the center of the theoretical discussion of transnationalism.
Economic Geography - Susan M. Walcott
This book contributes to research on Chinese who are living outside China....[The] authors...contribute meaty and thoughtful essays that touch on the varied nature of receiving areas....The amply demonstrated multiplicity of experience does, indeed, produce 'tangled geographies,' providing intriguing material for continued examinations well fuelled by the work of this volume's authors.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742517554
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/15/2003
  • Series: Why of Where Series
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Laurence J. C. Ma is professor emeritus of geography at the University of Akron. Carolyn L. Cartier is associate professor of geography at the University of Southern California.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Space, Place, and Transnationalism in the Chinese Diaspora Chapter 2 The Chinese Diaspora or the Migration of Chinese Peoples? Part 3 PART I: HISTORICAL AND CONTEMPORARY DIASPORAS Chapter 4 Diaspora and Social Restructuring in Postcolonial Malaysia Chapter 5 Exclusion and Embeddedness: the Chinese in Thailand and Vietnam Chapter 6 A Diaspora of Chinese Settlement in Latin America and the Caribbean Part 7 PART II: HONG KONG AND TAIWAN AS DIASPORIC HOMELANDS Chapter 8 Indentity, Mobility, and the Making of the Chinese Diasporic Landscape in Hong Kong Chapter 9 Who Are the Taiwanese? Taiwan in the Chinese Diaspora Part 10 PART III: ETHNICITY, IDENTITY, AND DIASPORA AS HOME Chapter 11 Nation, Ethnicity, and Identity: Singapore and the Dynamics and Discourses of Chinese Migration Chapter 12 Ethnic Identity and Business Solidarity: Chinese Capitalism Revisited Chapter 13 Notions of Home among Diaspora Chinese in Germany Part 14 PART IV: MIGRATION AND SETTLEMENTS IN NORTH AMERICA Chapter 15 Chinese Americans: Immigration, Settlement, and Social Geography Chapter 16 Community as Catalyst: The Chinese in Honolulu Chapter 17 From Downtown Slums to Suburban Malls: Chinese Migration and Settlement in Canada Part 18 PART V: TRANSMIGRANTS IN OCEANIA Chapter 19 Chinese Immingrants and Transnationals in New Zealand: A Fortress Opened Chapter 20 New Middle-Class Chinese Settlers in Australia and the Spatial Transformation of Settlement in Sydney Part 22 Conclusion: Regions of Diaspora

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