Memories of a Future Home: Diasporic Citizenship of Chinese in Panama

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Stanford University Press, 6 aug. 2007 - 272 pagini
While the history of Asian migration to Latin America is well documented, we know little about the contemporary experience of diasporic Asians in this part of the world. Memories of a Future Home offers an intimate look at how diasporic Chinese in Panama construct a home and create a sense of belonging as they inhabit the interstices of several cultural-national formations Panama, their nation of residence; China/Taiwan, their ethnic homeland; and the United States, the colonial force.

Juxtaposing the concepts of diaspora and citizenship, this book offers an innovative framework to help us understand how diasporic subjects engage the politics of cultural and political belonging in a transnational context. It does so by examining the interaction between continually shifting geopolitical dynamics, as well as the maneuvers undertaken by diasporic people to negotiate and transform those conditions. In essence, this book explores the contingent citizenship experienced by diasporic Chinese and their efforts to imagine and construct "home" in diaspora.

 

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Cuprins

Diasporic Citizenship I
1
The Social History
33
Contesting Nationalism
54
Serial Migration and the Production
86
Between Panama China
113
Remaking Community
136
Globalization
164
Toward a Framework for the Study of Asians
195
The Chinese CenturyRedefining Panamanian
209
References
227
Index
241
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Lok C. D. Siu is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University. She is the coeditor of Asian Diasporas: New Formations, New Conceptions(Stanford, 2007).

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