Professor Emma Teng
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
This subject will examine Chinese migration in historical and comparative perspective, beginning in 1567, the year in which the Chinese Imperial Government lifted its ban on private maritime trade. We will discuss Chinese migration to diverse locations such as Southeast Asia, Hawaii, North America, Latin America and the Caribbean, Australia, Europe, and Africa. For comparative purposes, we will also consider Han Chinese internal migration to frontier regions like Taiwan and to Hong Kong, and rural-urban migration. Topics may include the varied roles of Chinese migrants in colonial, settler and frontier societies, the coolie trade, Chinese exclusion movements, contributions of overseas Chinese to the Chinese Revolution, transnational networks, chain migration, women’s roles, intermarriage, cultural hybridity and creole communities, and the “new migration.”
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