Routledge Handbook of the Chinese Diaspora

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Chee-Beng Tan
Routledge, 2013 - Social Science - 506 pages

With around 40 million people worldwide, the ethnic Chinese and the Chinese in diaspora form the largest diaspora in the world. The economic reform of China which began in the late 1970s marked a huge phase of migration from China, and the new migrants, many of whom were well educated, have had a major impact on the local societies and on China.

This is the first interdisciplinary Handbook to examine the Chinese diaspora, and provides a comprehensive analysis of the processes and effects of Chinese migration under the headings of:

  • Population and distribution

  • Mainland China and Taiwan's policies on the Chinese overseas

  • Migration: past and present

  • Economic and political involvement

  • Localization, transnational networks and identity

  • Education, literature and media

The Routledge Handbook of the Chinese Diaspora brings together a significant number of specialists from a number of diverse disciplines and covers the major areas of the study of Chinese overseas. This Handbook is therefore an important and valuable reference work for students, scholars and policy makers worldwide who wish to understand the global phenomena of Chinese migration, transnational connections and their cultural and identity transformation.


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Part I Population and distribution
Part II Mainland China and Taiwans policies on the Chinese overseas
past and present
Part IV Economic and political involvement
Part V Localization transnational networks and identity
Part VI Education literature and media

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About the author (2013)

Tan Chee-Beng is Professor at the Department of Anthropology, Sun Yat-sen University, China.

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