Dear China: Emigrant Letters and Remittances, 1820–1980, written by Gregor Benton and Hong Liu

In: Journal of Chinese Overseas
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Gregor Benton and Hong Liu. Dear China: Emigrant Letters and Remittances, 1820–1980. Oakland, CA: University of California Press, 2018.

Everyone who knows anything about the “Chinese Diaspora” or “Overseas Chinese”, particularly in their 19th or early 20th century manifestations, knows that the sending of remittances via letter (qiaopi) was a vital element in the lives of those who constitute these historical categories. Yet no matter what a reader of Dear China might think they know at the beginning, by the end of their perusal of this intensively researched and wide-ranging work they will know

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