From a tradition of sojourning, Chinese overseas have established communities around the world that have contributed to the development of China as well as of the countries they have made their homes. There has also grown a new consciousness of identity following the emergence of China as a modern state and the expansion of a global economy. This series aims to study the people and institutions that shaped these identities and how these entities interact with other people, institutions, and communities. It seeks to bring together scholarly work that examines the spectrum of historical experiences, the writings that capture the quality of migrant lives, and the manifold responses to changing social environments.
Wang Gungwu is Professor at the National University of Singapore and Emeritus Professor of the Australian National University. His books include The Chinese Overseas: From Earthbound China to the Quest for Autonomy; Don’t Leave Home: Migration and the Chinese; Diasporic Chinese Ventures.
David Der-wei Wang is Edward C. Henderson Professor in Chinese Literature, Harvard University, Director of CCK Foundation Inter-University Center for Sinological Studies, and Academician, Academia Senica. His recent books include The Monster That Is History: Violence, History, and Fictional Writing in 20th Century China (2004), Taiwan under Japanese Colonial Rule (2007, coedited with Ping-hui Liao), and Globalizing Chinese Literature (coedited with Jin Tsu, 2010).
Evelyn Hu-DeHart, Professor of History and Ethnic Studies, Brown University, USA. Trained as a historian of Latin American and the Caribbean, her research has focused on Chinese and other Asian migrations and communities in the Americas. She has published books and articles in Spanish, English and Chinese.
Wong Siu-lun, Former Director, Centre of Asian Studies, The University of Hong Kong. His books include Sociology and Socialism in Contemporary China; Emigrant Entrepreneurs: Shanghai Industrialists in Hong Kong; and Hong Kong Movers and Stayers: Narratives of Family Migration.