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.
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.
Chapter 1 Space, Place, and Transnationalism in the Chinese Diaspora Chapter 2 The Chinese Diaspora or the Migration of Chinese Peoples? Part 3 PART I: HISTORICAL AND CONTEMPORARY DIASPORAS Chapter 4 Diaspora and Social Restructuring in Postcolonial Malaysia Chapter 5 Exclusion and Embeddedness: the Chinese in Thailand and Vietnam Chapter 6 A Diaspora of Chinese Settlement in Latin America and the Caribbean Part 7 PART II: HONG KONG AND TAIWAN AS DIASPORIC HOMELANDS Chapter 8 Indentity, Mobility, and the Making of the Chinese Diasporic Landscape in Hong Kong Chapter 9 Who Are the Taiwanese? Taiwan in the Chinese Diaspora Part 10 PART III: ETHNICITY, IDENTITY, AND DIASPORA AS HOME Chapter 11 Nation, Ethnicity, and Identity: Singapore and the Dynamics and Discourses of Chinese Migration Chapter 12 Ethnic Identity and Business Solidarity: Chinese Capitalism Revisited Chapter 13 Notions of Home among Diaspora Chinese in Germany Part 14 PART IV: MIGRATION AND SETTLEMENTS IN NORTH AMERICA Chapter 15 Chinese Americans: Immigration, Settlement, and Social Geography Chapter 16 Community as Catalyst: The Chinese in Honolulu Chapter 17 From Downtown Slums to Suburban Malls: Chinese Migration and Settlement in Canada Part 18 PART V: TRANSMIGRANTS IN OCEANIA Chapter 19 Chinese Immingrants and Transnationals in New Zealand: A Fortress Opened Chapter 20 New Middle-Class Chinese Settlers in Australia and the Spatial Transformation of Settlement in Sydney Part 22 Conclusion: Regions of Diaspora