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Diasporic Chinese Ventures
The Life and Work of Wang Gungwu

Edited By



Hong Liu

ISBN 9781138967656
Published May 31, 2016 by Routledge
256 Pages

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Book Description

This collection of essays by and about Wang Gungwu brings together some of Wang's most recent and representative writing about the ethnic Chinese outside China giving the reader a deeper understanding of his views on migration, identity, nationalism and culture, all key issues in modern Asia's transformation. The book collects interviews, speeches and essays that illustrate the development and direction of Wang's scholarship on ethnic and diasporic Chinese.

Table of Contents

Introduction Part 1: Encounters  1. Looking Forward, Looking Back  2. The Impact of Historical Records on Wang Gungwu  3. A Momentous Duty Imposed by Heaven  4. Wang Gungwu on the Nantah Incident Appendix: The Nanyang University Curriculum Review Committee Report  5. Wang Gungwu in Australia  6. The Problems with (Chinese) Diaspora  Part 2: Reflections  Section 1: Cultural Concerns  7. Confucius the Sage  8. Local and National: A Dialogue between Tradition and Modernity  9. Reflections on Networks and Structures in Asia  10. Chinese Political Culture and Scholarship about the Malay World  11. State and Faith: Secular Values in Asia and the West  12. Secular China  13. Mixing Memory and Desire: Tracking the Migrant Cycles  Section 2: Chinese Overseas in Historical and Comparative Perspective  14. A Single Chinese Diaspora?  15. Ethnic Chinese: The Past in their Future  16. The Chinese Revolution and the Overseas Chinese  17. Cultural Centres for the Chinese Overseas  18. New Migrants: How New? Why New?

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Gregor Benton is Professorial Fellow in Chinese History in the School of History and Archaeology at Cardiff University.
Hong Liu is Associate Professor in the Department of Chinese Studies, National University of Singapore.


'This attractive compendium, headed by a revealing biographical interview by Hong Liu, brings together hard-to-find articles, lectures and interviews by Wang Gungwu, the premier historian of Chinese overseas migration-and, as this collection reveals, of much more besides.' - The China Journal