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 …

“Made in Italy” by Chinese in Prato: The “Carrot and Stick” Policy and Chinese Migrants in Italy, 2010-11

Written by Gaoheng Zhang. Historically, Italian industry in Prato focused on textile production, a famed “Made in Italy” trademark with a pan-European clientele. Following their arrival in the city during the 1980s, Chinese migrants gradually developed the niche market of ready-to-wear fashion. By the late 2000s, Chinese businesses in the city ranged from fabric dyers, …

Migrant children in China: Identity and Stigma

Written by Mingchao Zhou. Established in the 1950s, the hukou system still controls and regulates the settlement of rural migrants in cities. Children of people who have migrated to cities are targeted by specific school policies and subject to categorization and segregation in specific schools. In order to understand how this school segregation is implemented …

The Health of the ‘Left-behind Parents’

Written by Zhong ZHAO. Statistics in 2012 showed that 194 million Chinese were 60 years old and over, accounting for 14.3% of the total Chinese population. Of these senior citizens, 117 million were based in rural China, making up 17% of the total rural population. Meanwhile, China had a total of 168 million rural-to-urban migrant workers in …

Self-employment Activity and Ascension to Urban Citizenship for Rural-to-Urban Migrant Workers in China

Written by Guangjie Ning. By 2013, the total number of rural migrant workers reached 160 million (National Bureau of Statistics of China (NBS), 2014). However, due to various institutional barriers and restrictions such as the hukou system (the resident registration system), most of these migrants cannot live in the cities long-term – because they cannot …

Uncertain Encounters: African Migrant Entrepreneurs and Chinese Manufacturers

Written by  Nellie Chu. In Guangzhou the arrival of transnational migrant entrepreneurs from countries across Africa has captured the attention of a growing number of scholars, artists, and documentary film makers. Their works have described in rich detail the complexities of these migrants’ experiences as they labor to establish their work and family lives in …

China’s migrant worker crisis and the children who are left behind

Written by Samantha Hoffman. China was recently rocked by the suicides of four siblings, aged five to 13, in Cizhu Village, Bijie city, Guizhou province. The “left-behind” siblings lived alone in a run-down house, and aside from occasional wire transfers of money from their father and a minimum living allowance from the local government, the …

Identities of Migrant worker: From Nongmin Gong (农民工) to Xin Shimin (新市民)

Written by Wei Wang. People’s identity is very much reflected on and constructed by how they are named by others. Internal migrant workers in China have experienced huge differences in terms of how they have been perceived and named during the last thirty years. During this time, economic development and rapid urbanisation in China has …

“I have an accent”: British Chinese Young People on Learning and Speaking Chinese

Written by Ada Mau. Going to ‘Chinese school’ at the weekend is an experience shared by many young people of Chinese heritage growing up in the US, UK, Australia and other Western countries. Many children start attending these community-based schools from a young age in order to learn Chinese language(s) and sometimes cultural activities such as …

Chinese-foreign Marriage in Mainland China

Written by Elaine Jeffreys and Wang Pan. One prominent subset of migration studies concerns marriage. While marriage between citizens of different national jurisdictions is often linked to migration, a feature of Chinese-foreign marriage in mainland China is its strong ‘intracultural’ rather than international character.(1) Data made available by the Ministry of Civil Affairs of the People’s …