Introduction : New Chinese migrations

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary Works (RGC: 12, 32, 41, 45)Foreword/preface/postscript

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNew Chinese Migrations
Subtitle of host publicationMobility, Home, and Inspirations
EditorsYuk Wah Chan, Sin Yee Koh
Place of PublicationLondon
ISBN (Electronic)9781351670579, 9781315163239
ISBN (Print)9781138060029
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Publication series

NameRoutledge Series on Asian Migration


The Chinese, as a migrant category, has received much attention in the migration studies and migration history literature. Extant scholarship has paid much attention to the study of Chinese migrations and the development of overseas Chinese communities in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries (e.g., Ma & Cartier, 2003; Purcell, 1967; Sinn, 1998, 2013; Tan, 2013a; Wang, 1959; Wilson, 2004a). These earlier movements were largely induced by war, political purging, economic deprivation, colonisation and human trafficking. At their destination countries, these overseas Chinese communities often experienced racism and discrimination (e.g., R. T. Chu, 2010; Hui, 2011; Wilson, 2004b). Over the past centuries, however, they have overcome the initial challenges of settlement, established strong overseas Chinese identities and communities, and developed hybrid Chinese traditions (Charney, Yeoh, & Tong, 2003; Lee & Tan, 1999; Liu, 2005; Tan, 1997, 2004; Tong, 2010; Tong & Chan, 2001). Yet, settling in destination countries does not imply that the Chinese overseas had stopped moving. Instead, many – and especially those from the subsequent generations – continued to search for better livelihood and lifestyle opportunities through onward and transnational migration (Ho, 2011; Koh, 2017).

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Introduction : New Chinese migrations. / Chan, Yuk Wah; Koh, Sin Yee.

New Chinese Migrations: Mobility, Home, and Inspirations. ed. / Yuk Wah Chan; Sin Yee Koh. London : Routledge, 2018. p. 1-18 (Routledge Series on Asian Migration; No. 2).

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary Works (RGC: 12, 32, 41, 45)Foreword/preface/postscript