Foreign Languages and Literatures at MIT

21F.075J: The Global Chinese: Chinese Migration, 1567-Present

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Examines Chinese migration in historical and comparative perspective, beginning in 1567 with the lifting of the imperial ban on private maritime trade. Covers migration to diverse venues across the globe, including tropical colonies, settler societies, Chinese frontiers, and postcolonial metropoles. Topics include the varied roles of Chinese migrants in these diverse venues, the coolie trade and anti-Chinese movements, overseas students, transnational networks, cultural adaptation, and the creolization of Chinese food in migrant communities. Critically examines the degree to which this transnational migration has produced a "Global Chinese" identity. Taught in English.

Units: 3-0-9(U)


Same As  21H.253J


Spring 2014

Section No. Instructor Days Time Room
1 E. Teng TR 1-2:30 56-162


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