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New Chinese Migrations

Mobility, Home, and Inspirations, 1st Edition

Edited by Yuk Wah Chan, Sin Yee Koh


248 pages | 6 B/W Illus.

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With the rapid economic development of China and the overall shift in the global political economy, there is now the emergence of new Chinese on the move. These new Chinese migrants and diasporas are pioneers in the establishment of multiple homes in new geographical locations, the development of new (global and hybrid) Chinese identities, and the creation of new (political, economic and social) inspirations through their mobile lives.

This book identifies and examines new forms and paths of Chinese migration since the 1980s. It provides updated trends of migration movements of the Chinese, including their emergent geographies. With chapters highlighting the diversities and complexities of these new waves of Chinese migration, this volume offers novel insights to enrich our understanding of Asian mobility in the late 20th and early 21st centuries.

The book will be of interest to academics examining migration, mobility, diaspora, Chinese identity, overseas Chinese studies and Asian diaspora studies.


"The editors Yuk Wah Chan and Sin Yee Koh’s understanding of ‘Chinese’ is not based around ethnic lines such as the Han minzu instead they interpret identity as a ‘cultural concept’, pliable yet durable (p.6). Therefore, by Chinese they understand those people who consider themselves culturally/historically connected to China and Chinese culture (p.4)."

Dr Eram Ashraf, Independent Scholar, Journal of Asian Ethnicity, Vol. 19, 2018 - Issue 3

Table of Contents

Part I: New Migrants from Mainland China

1. From Chinatown to China’s Town? The Newest Chinese Diaspora and the Socio-economic and Cultural Transformation of Sydney’s Chinatown and Beyond, Alexandra Wong & Ien Ang

2. The New Chinese Immigrants in Japan: Longing and Belonging in an Ethno-National Society, Gracia Liu-Farrer

3. New Chinese Migrants from China to New Zealand: Pathways, Mobility, Multigenerational Families and Policy Implications, Liangni Sally Liu & Xiaoan Wu

4. Realising the ‘Chinese Dream’: Chinese Migrants in West Africa, Katy N. Lam

5. Transnational Circuit and Yemen-China Migrations: An Emerging China-Arab Connection, Wai-Yip Ho

Part II: The HK-Taiwan-China Migration Triangle

6. The Paradox between Deterritorialisation and Reterritorialisation: Student Migration across the Taiwan Strait, Pei-chia Lan

7. Intra-Asian Infrastructures of Chinese Birth Tourism: Agencies’ Operations in China and Taiwan, Sean H. Wang

8. Life ‘Offshored’: New Migrations to Taiwan from Post-1997 Hong Kong, Yuk Wah Chan and Heidi Fung

9. Beipiao and Gangpiao: Young Chinese Migrants’ Drifting Experiences in Beijing and Hong Kong, Linda Yin-nor Tjia and Wing-Chung Ho

Part III: The ongoing migration of Chinese overseas from Southeast Asia

10. Why Stay? Comparing Malaysian Chinese Skilled Migrants in Taipei, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Singapore, Kok Chung Ong

11. Diverse Migration Geographies of Tertiary-Educated Malaysian-Chinese Migrants: Anything New? Sin Yee Koh

12. Immigration and Shifting Conceptions of Citizenship: The Case of Stateless Chinese-Bruneians in Canada, Amanda R. Cheong

Part IV: Conclusion

13. New Directions for Overseas Chinese and Migration Studies: Migrants, State-Diaspora Relations and Transborder Governance, Yuk Wah Chan

About the Series

Routledge Series on Asian Migration

Asia is now the most essential and dynamic region receiving and sending both long-term and short-term migrants, undertaking migration in all routes and in various forms. This series addresses various imminent trends of international migration in Asia, and the development of various Asian diaspora communities around the world. It brings together interests and efforts on migration studies focusing on the plights of Asian migrants within and beyond Asia, as well as all levels of governance and management of migration.

Books in the series broaden the discussions of the relationship between migration and globalization, transnationalism, development, governance, inter-cultural studies, and identity and diaspora. They address specific social and cultural dynamics – such as gender relations, population, family and marriage patterns, new class formation, and the transformation of cultural values – that have been brought by Asian migration. This series highlights Asia as a region with the most active migration movements, which should be one of the most essential areas bringing critical social changes within and across national boundaries.

The series welcomes submissions from prominent scholars in Asian Migration studies as well as emerging scholars with empirically rich and updated research.


Editorial Board

Steven J. Gold, Michigan State University, US

David Haines, George Mason University, US

Nana Oishi, University of Melbourne, Australia

Willem van Schendel, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Biao Xiang, University of Oxford, ,UK

Pei-Chia Lan, National Taiwan University, Taiwan

Brenda Yeoh, National University of Singapore, Singapore

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Subject Categories

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