Becoming Chinese

Passages to Modernity and Beyond

Author: Wen-hsin Yeh

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520222182

Category: History

Page: 435

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A splendid essay collection focusing on ordinary people in the chaotic post-emperor, pre-Communist period of China's history.

Becoming Chinese American

A History of Communities and Institutions

Author: H. Mark Lai,Madeline Hsu

Publisher: Rowman Altamira

ISBN: 9780759104587

Category: History

Page: 397

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Collection of essays by Chinese-American scholar Him Mark Lai; published in association with the Chinese Historical Society of San Francisco.

Being Chinese, Becoming Chinese American

Author: Shehong Chen

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 9780252027369

Category: Social Science

Page: 239

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In this foundational study, Shehong Chen investigates how Chinese immigrants to the United States transformed themselves into Chinese Americans during the crucial period between 1911 and 1927.As the search for a modern China climaxed in the 1911 revolution in China, debates over reform and revolution politicized and divided Chinese communities in the United States. In the early 1910s, Chinese in the United States affirmed traditional Chinese values and expressed their unique visions of a modern China, while nationalist feelings emboldened them to stand up for their right to be regarded as an integral part of U.S. society. When the new Chinese republic faced its first serious threat from Japan in 1915, the Chinese response in the United States began to reveal the limits of Chinese nationalism and the emergence of a Chinese American identity.Chen discerns the crystallization of four essential elements of a distinct Chinese American identity in the years between 1916 and 1924: support for republicanism over the restoration of monarchy; a wish to preserve Confucianism and traditional Chinese culture, although both were under attack in China; support for Christianity, despite a strong anti-Christian movement in China; and opposition to the Nationalist party's alliance with the Soviet Union and cooperation with the Chinese Communist party.Chen derives her portrait of Chinese in the United States from three distinct daily Chinese-language newspapers: a reformist paper representing the U.S. Chinatown elite, a revolutionary paper founded by the nationalist Chinese leader Sun Yat-sen, and an assimilationist paper that advocated adapting Chinese cultural practices to life in the United States. In addition to identifying the ideological elements of the Chinese American identity, Chen documents the building of permanent Chinese American communities, or Chinatowns.Sensitively distinguishing the essence of being Chinese in the United States from being Chinese in the People's Republic of China, Chen documents how Chinese immigrants survived exclusion and discrimination, envisioned and maintained Chineseness, and adapted to American society.

New Hong Kong Cinema

Transitions to Becoming Chinese in 21st-Century East Asia

Author: Ruby Cheung

Publisher: Berghahn Books

ISBN: 1782387048

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 288

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The trajectory of Hong Kong films had been drastically affected long before the city’s official sovereignty transfer from the British to the Chinese in 1997. The change in course has become more visible in recent years as China has aggressively developed its national film industry and assumed the role of powerhouse in East Asia’s cinematic landscape. The author introduces the “Cinema of Transitions” to study the New Hong Kong Cinema and on- and off-screen life against this background. Using examples from the 1980s to the present, this book offers a fresh perspective on how Hong Kong-related Chinese-language films, filmmakers, audiences, and the workings of film business in East Asia have become major platforms on which “transitions” are negotiated.

Chinese Laundries

Tickets to Survival on Gold Mountain

Author: John Jung


ISBN: 1430329793

Category: History

Page: 238

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A social history of the role of the Chinese laundry on the survival of early Chinese immigrants in the U.S.during the Chinese Exclusion law period, 1882-1943, and in Canada during the years of the Head Tax, 1885-1923, and exclusion law, 1923-1947. Why and how Chinese got into the laundry business and how they had to fight discriminatory laws and competition from white-owned laundries to survive. Description of their lives, work demands, and living conditions. Reflections by a sample of children who grew up living in the backs of their laundries provide vivid first-person glimpses of the difficult lives of Chinese laundrymen and their families.

Learning Chinese in Diasporic Communities

Many pathways to being Chinese

Author: Xiao Lan Curdt-Christiansen,Andy Hancock

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing Company

ISBN: 9027270244

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 243

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This book brings together new theoretical perspectives and bilingual education models from different sociopolitical and cultural contexts across the globe in order to address the importance of sociocultural, educational and linguistic environments that create, enhance or limit the ways in which diasporic children and young people acquire the ‘Chinese’ language. The chapters present a variety of research-based studies on Chinese heritage language education and bilingual education drawing on detailed investigations of formal and informal educational input including language socialization in families, community heritage language schools and government sponsored educational institutions. Exploring the many pathways of learning ‘Chinese’ and being ‘Chinese’, this volume also examines the complex nature of language acquisition and development, involving language attitudes and ideologies as well as linguistic practices and identity formation. Learning Chinese in Diasporic Communities is intended for researchers, teacher-educators, students and practitioners in the fields of Chinese language education and bilingual education and more broadly those concerned with language policy studies and sociolinguistics.

Literature and Racial Ambiguity

Author: Teresa Hubel,Neil Edward Brooks

Publisher: Rodopi

ISBN: 9789042014282

Category: Social Science

Page: 320

View: 3574


From the contents: Peter Clandfield: What is in my blood?: contemporary black Scottishness and the work of Jackie Kay . - Neluka Silva: Everyone was vaguely related: hybridity and the politics of race in Sri Lankan literary discourses in English. - Teresa Zackodnik: Passing transgressions and authentic identity in Jessie Fauset's 'Plum Bun' and Nella Larsen's 'Passing'.

Chinese Cubans

A Transnational History

Author: Kathleen M. López

Publisher: UNC Press Books

ISBN: 146960714X

Category: History

Page: 352

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In the mid-nineteenth century, Cuba's infamous "coolie" trade brought well over 100,000 Chinese indentured laborers to its shores. Though subjected to abominable conditions, they were followed during subsequent decades by smaller numbers of merchants, craftsmen, and free migrants searching for better lives far from home. In a comprehensive, vibrant history that draws deeply on Chinese- and Spanish-language sources in both China and Cuba, Kathleen Lopez explores the transition of the Chinese from indentured to free migrants, the formation of transnational communities, and the eventual incorporation of the Chinese into the Cuban citizenry during the first half of the twentieth century. Chinese Cubans shows how Chinese migration, intermarriage, and assimilation are central to Cuban history and national identity during a key period of transition from slave to wage labor and from colony to nation. On a broader level, Lopez draws out implications for issues of race, national identity, and transnational migration, especially along the Pacific rim.

Hong Kong

Becoming a Chinese Global City

Author: Stephen Chiu,Tai-Lok Lui

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134600631

Category: History

Page: 200

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Hong Kong is a small city with a big reputation. As mainland China has become an 'economic powerhouse' Hong Kong has taken a route of development of its own, flourishing as an entrepot and a centre of commerce and finance for Chinese business, then as an industrial city and subsequently a regional and international financial centre. This volume examines the developmental history of Hong Kong, focusing on its rise to the status of a Chinese global city in the world economy. Chiu and Lui's analysis is distinct in its perspective of the development as an integrated process involving economic, political and social dimensions, and as such this insightful and original book will be a core text on Hong Kong society for students.