Overseas Chinese Have Mixed Feelings About Returning Home

Written by Lotus Yang Ruan. PRC citizen Jiajie Li (subject names are pseudonymous) decided to move to Hong Kong after completing his Master’s program in Canada. Currently a doctoral student in law at Hong Kong University, Mr. Li was born and raised in Shenzhen, southern China, and is one of the promising Chinese students determined …

Chinese Diaspora: Prato and beyond

Written by Loretta Baldassar et al. In the introduction to the pioneering work on Chinese in Europe published in 1998, historian Frank Pieke comments on the relative invisibility of Chinese migrants.[i] A quarter of a century later, the notion of an ‘invisible’ Chinese migrant in Italy is hard to fathom. The presence of Chinese in certain …

The Vagaries of Building Subnational Diaspora: Hmong Abroad Encountering Miao in China

Written by Louisa Schein. It was a sunny day in 1983 on the south side of the New England town of Providence, Rhode Island, where a group of us gathered in a church basement for a much anticipated event. I was to show slides from my trip to retrace the roots of the Hmong diaspora …

Reassessing Diasporic Chinese Media in the Wake of China’s Rise

Written by Wanning Sun. A decade ago, I edited Media and the Chinese Diaspora, a volume which examines the formation of Chinese diasporic identities through media production, content, and consumption in North America, Australasia, and South-east Asia. A decade later, my colleague John Sinclair and I are assembling a sequel to this volume. This forthcoming …

Rolling stones? The language of migration and mobility in the case of the Chinese in Africa

Written by Yoon Jung Park. Papa was a rolling stone, wherever he laid his hat was his home. So sang The Temptations in 1972. It is a song that has been on my mind as I consider the terminology around Chinese communities outside of China. A few years back I abandoned the use of the terms “overseas …

10 questions about migration between China and Africa

Written by Li Anshan. In recent years, the rapid development of China-Africa relations has prompted migration flows to and from China and the fifty plus countries of the African continent. These migration flows have in turn attracted international attention and no little misunderstanding. Here I would like to address some issues and provide answers to ten …