In September 2011, the leading scholars of Chinese migration around the world gathered in Prato, Italy - home of one of the largest Chinese communities in Europe - for an international conference on the movement of people out of China, their return, and the transnational networks that link migrant Chinese peoples to their homeland. The result of that gathering, this book is an in-depth analysis of one of the largest and most important ongoing diasporas in human history. China in the World delivers a complete assessment of both the history and key contemporary debates relating to Chinese migration and settlement around the world. Each of the chapters examines a particular region that has played a significant role in the development of Chinese diasporas. The authors pay particular attention to the process of integration in host countries as well as the nature of continuing transnational ties to the homeland, and include analysis of generational, gender, and class distinctions. In addition to vibrant case studies and engaging accounts of everyday experiences at personal, family, and community levels, the book also considers the involvement of state governments and their relationships to China. A definitive analysis of relocation and settlement patterns, key issues, and current contexts of the Chinese diaspora, China in the World is a major addition to the scholarship on human migration. Contributors include Daniele Cologna (Insubria University), Evelyn Hu-DeHart (Brown University), Emmanuel Ma Mung Kuang (Universite De Poitiers), Lucia Lo (York University), Gabi Dei Ottati (University of Florence), Yoon Yung Park (Rhodes University), Miri Song (University of Kent), Junko Tajima (Hosei University), and Min Zhou (University of California).
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Loretta Baldassar is a professor in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at the University of Western Australia and senior research fellow at the Monash University Prato Centre in Italy. Kee Pookong is director of the Asia Institute at the University of Melbourne.
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