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Encyclopedia of the Chinese Overseas

1st Edition

By Lynn Pan


400 pages

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Hardback: 9780700711222
pub: 1998-12-04
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Geographically organised, this Encyclopedia provides a panoramic view across past and present overseas Chinese communities worldwide. As such, it reflects the growing interest of international scholarship in diasporic communities and the worldwide surge in ethnic awareness.

The Chinese diaspora is produced by the interplay of diverse histories and traditions, inheriting Chinese experiences whilst also being modified and enriched by transplantation to other continents and civilisations. The Encyclopedia's task has been to cover the most important aspects of these experiences. The largest section consists of country-by-country profiles of individual Chinese communities. The rest divides into thematic sections on origins, migration, institutions, ties to China and inter-ethnic relations.


This book is excellent value. The text is quite lavishly illustrated with maps, with colour and monochrome photographs and, where essential, with tables, but the accent throughout is on continuous prose and coherent reader-friendly analysis. There are plenty of really informative photographs and drawings, which help to bring the text to life and make this a major reference contribution to the study of the Overseas Chinese.' - Hugh D.R. Baker, The China Quarterly

'The Encyclopedia offers a welath of well-researched information, not only on historical evernts but also on very up-to-date issues.' - Christine Winkelmann, Internationales Asienforum International Quarterly for Asian Studies

Table of Contents

Contents Introduction Part I. Origins Part II. Migration Part III. Institutions Part IV. Relations Part V. Communities Southeast Asia The Americas Australasia and Oceania Europe East Asia Indian Ocean and Africa Timelines Chinese Character List Bibliography Index

About the Author

Lynn Pan was born in Shanghai and studies at the universities of London and Cambridge. She was the founding Director of the Chinese Heritage Centre, and has worked as a social scientist, journalist and writer in London, Cambridge, Geneva, Helsinki and Hong Kong. In addition to numerous articles, she has published ten books, including Sons of the Yellow Emperor, The New Chinese Revolution and Tracing It Home.

About the Series

Chinese Worlds

Chinese Worlds publishes high-quality scholarship, research monographs, and source collections on Chinese history and society. 'Worlds' signals the diversity of China, the cycles of unity and division through which China's modern history has passed, and recent research trends toward regional studies and local issues. It also signals that Chineseness is not contained within borders - ethnic migrant communities overseas are also 'Chinese worlds.'

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies