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
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