1st Edition

Cosmopolitanism from the Grassroots A New Chinese Migrant Community

By Ping Song Copyright 2024
    158 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book aims to present a holistic picture of the Chinese immigrants from Fuzhou in New York. It shows how a small village in Southeast China has expanded to New York and has undergone a transformation over the past few decades, from rural Third World peasants to ethnic entrepreneurs in a global city.

    Validating Marshall Sahlins’s statement that migrants can “organise the irresistible forces of the world system according to their own system of the world,” the book seeks to explain the following aspects: first, how Chinese migrants from Fuzhou built a self-governing community and provided public goods for its members. Second, how they adapted their pre-modern social relations to a market environment, creating interwoven economic networks in an ethnic economy and reshaping local culture-based economies into a distinctive form of capitalism. Third, how they transformed their religious world, adapting Chinese Buddhism and folk religion as a focus for their society and economy. Fourth, the characteristics of the migrants’ cultural identity, examining the continuities in their identity and how it has changed over time.

    Students and scholars in anthropology, Chinese studies and cultural studies will find this book essential reading.

    1. The Transnational Community of Fuzhounese 2. Fuzhounese Networking Society and the Entrepreneurial Spirit 3. Cosmopolitanism of the Beliefs of Migrants 4. “Old Overseas Chinese” and “New Overseas Chinese”: the issue of identity


    Ping Song is professor of the school of History and Cultural Heritage, Xiamen University, China. Dr. Song’s research expertise includes Chinese immigrant communities in Asia: the Philippines and Malaysia, Chinese transnationalism, globalization and Chinese immigrants in the United States.