The essays reprinted here trace the history of Chinese emigration into the Pacific region, first as individuals, traders or exiles, moving into the 'Nanyang' (Southeast Asia), then as a mass migration across the ocean after the mid-19th century. The papers include discussions of what it meant to be Chinese, the position of the migrants vis-Ã -vis China itself, and their relations with indigenous peoples as well as the European powers that came to dominate the region. Together with the introduction, they constitute an important aid to understanding one of the most widespread diasporas of the modern world.
Table of Contents
Contents: Introduction; Bibliography; Part 1 Concepts and Overview: Conceptualizing Chinese diasporas 1842 to 1949, Adam McKeown; The distribution and occupations of overseas Chinese, Chang Sen-Dou. Part 2 Migration, Interaction and Hybridity in Southeast Asia: Change and persistence in Chinese culture overseas: a comparison of Thailand and Java, G. William Skinner; Mac Thien Tu and Phrayataksin: a survey of their political stand. Conflicts and background, Chen Chingho A. The Chinaman abroad: an account of the Malayan Archipelago, particularly of Java, Ong Tae-Hae [Wang Dahai]; The Chinese mestizo in Philippine history, E.Wickberg. Part 3 Around the Pacific: Chinese emigration to Canada, Australia and New Zealand, Persia Crawford Campbell; The Chinese struggle for civil rights in 19th-century America: the first phase, 1850-1870, Charles J. McClain Jr; Origins of the Chinese in the South Pacific islands, W.E. Willmott; From gold mountain women to astronauts' wives: challenges to New Zealand Chinese women, Ip Manying. Part 4 Between Nationalisms: A note on the origins of Hua-Ch'iao, Wang Gungwu; The overseas Chinese and the 1911 revolution, Yen Ching-hwang; Pigtail: a pre-history of Chineseness in Siam, Kasian Tejapira; Index.
Anthony Reid was Director of the Asia Research Institute and Professor in the Department of History at the National University of Singapore.