Much of the former Soviet bloc has become a destination for new Chinese migrants. Throughout Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Chinese migrants are engaged in entrepreneurial activities, primarily as petty merchants of consumer goods in unsteady economies. This book situates these migrants within the broader context of Chinese globalization and China’s economic "rise." It traces the origins of Chinese migration into the region, as well as the conditions that have allowed migrants to thrive. Furthermore, it discusses the perception that Chinese globalization is purely economic and explores the relationship among petty merchants, labourers and institutional investors. Finally, by examining the movement of China’s minorities into Central Asia, this book challenges the ethnic construct of new "Chinese" migration.
"The essays collected in this volume are a welcome contribution, especially to the almost non-existing literature on Chinese migration to certain regions of Central Asia and Eastern Europe, and therefore provide a valuable starting point for students of migration and area studies." - Martina Bofulin, University of Ljubljana; Pacific Affairs 2013.
Introduction—Globalization Without Gravitas: Chinese Migrants in Transition Economies - Felix B. Chang Part I: Russia: A Centuries-Old Diaspora 1. Historical and Contemporary Trends of Chinese Labor Migration into Siberia - Vladimir Datsyshen 2. The Chinese Experience in Russia: Adaptation, Tolerance, Law and Politics - Alexander Larin 3. Perceptions of Chinese Migrants in The Russian Far East - Victor Larin Part II: Central Asia: The Multiethnic Dimensions of "Chinese" Migration 4. The Dynamics of Contemporary Chinese Expansion into Central Asia - Yelena Y. Sadovskaya 5. Patterns of Contermporary "Chinese" Migration Into Kazakhstan - Yelena Y. Sadovskaya Part III: Eastern Europe: Chinese Entrepreneurs at The Gates of the European Union 6. Myth and Migration: Zhejiangese Merchants in Serbia - Felix B. Chang 7. The Chinese Under Serbian Laws - Felix B. Chang 8. The Chinese and Their Competitors in Bulgaria - Anna Krasteva 9. Filmic Representations of The Chinese Presence in Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and Slovenia - Sunnie T. Rucker-Chang