The Encyclopedia of the Chinese Overseas

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The first of its kind, The Encyclopedia of the Chinese Overseas provides a panoramic and comparative view across past and present overseas Chinese communities world wide. The Chinese diaspora has inherited mainland experiences, and they have modified and enriched them by transplantation to other continents and civilizations. This book includes the most important aspects of these experiences. The volume is geographically and thematically organized. The largest section consists of country-by-country profiles of individual Chinese communities. The rest divides into thematic sections on origins, migration, institutions, ties to China, and interethnic relations. Each of the sections is meant to be read continuously. They are accessible, scholarly, and authoritative. Complex material is clearly and vividly presented in text, boxed features, maps, graphs, tables, and archival and contemporary pictures. Chinese proper names and terms are identified with their characters in a glossary, while full references to Chinese, English, French, Spanish, and Russian works are given in the bibliography.
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Michael Backman
This is the first major output of the Singapore-based Chinese Heritage Centre, established in 1995 ostensibly by the Singapore Federation of Clan Associations, but more accurately, by the Singapore government....[B]y far the best account of the Chinese diaspora worldwide. But rare is the encyclopedia that comes in just one volume. I look forward to the next — the definitive account of the Overseas Chinese in commerce — should the centre choose to do one.
Far Eastern Economic Review
Delia Davin
An encyclopedia is the ideal way to deal witth the complexity and diversity of Overseas Chinese groups...The text is lavishly illustrated with tables, figures, art and above all, evocative photographs of the lives of Chinese overseas in the past one and a half centuries...This work will be welcomed by many of Chinese descent, but should also appeal to a wider audience who will find much of interest in the largely untold stories of a major diaspora.
—From The Times Literary Supplement.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674252103
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Lynn Pan was born in Shanghai and studies at the universities of London and Cambridge. She was the founding Director of the Chinese Heritage Centre, and has worked as a social scientist, journalist and writer in London, Cambridge, Geneva, Helsinki and Hong Kong. In addition to numerous articles, she has published ten books, including Sons of the Yellow Emperor, The New Chinese Revolution and Tracing It Home.

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Table of Contents

Contents Introduction Part I. Origins Part II. Migration Part III. Institutions Part IV. Relations Part V. Communities Southeast Asia The Americas Australasia and Oceania Europe East Asia Indian Ocean and Africa Timelines Chinese Character List Bibliography Index

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