The Chinese Diaspora: Space, Place, Mobility, and Identity

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Laurence J. C. Ma, Carolyn L. Cartier
Rowman & Littlefield, 2003 - Social Science - 400 pages
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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 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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Contents

Space Place and Transnationalism in the Chinese Diaspora
1
The Chinese Diaspora or the Migration of Chinese Peoples?
51
Diaspora and Social Restructuring in Postcolonial Malaysia
69
Exclusion and Embeddedness The Chinese in Thailand and Vietnam
97
A Diaspora of Chinese Settlement in Latin America and the Caribbean
117
Identity Mobility and the Making of the Chinese Diasporic Landscape in Hong Kong
141
Who Are the Taiwanese? Taiwan in the Chinese Diaspora
163
Nation Ethnicity and Identity Singapore and the Dynamics and Discourses of Chinese Migration
193
Chinese Americans Immigration Settlement and Social Geography
261
Community As Catalyst The Chinese in Honolulu
293
From Downtown Slums to Suburban Malls Chinese Migration and Settlement in Canada
311
Chinese Immigrants and Transnationals in New Zealand A Fortress Opened
339
New MiddleClass Chinese Settlers in Australia and the Spatial Transformation of Settlement in Sydney
359
Conclusion Regions of Diaspora
379
Index
391
About The Editors and Contributors
397

Ethnic Identity and Business Solidarity Chinese Capitalism Revisited
221
Notions of Home among Diaspora Chinese in Germany
237

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About the author (2003)

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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