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 Chinese migration to locations such as Southeast Asia, Hawaii, North America, Latin America and the Caribbean, Australia, Europe, India and Africa. Also considers Han Chinese internal migration to frontier regions like Taiwan. Topics include the varied roles of Chinese migrants in colonial, settler and frontier societies, the coolie trade, Chinese exclusion movements, transnational networks, marital and chain migration, immigrant community formation, women's roles, second-generation "roots seeking", the new migration, and the reciprocal relationship between contemporary Chinese migration to Africa and African migration to China. 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

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1 E. Teng TR 1-2:30 56-162


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