Contemporary Chinese America: Immigration, Ethnicity, and by Min Zhou

By Min Zhou

Contemporary chinese language America is the main complete sociological research of the studies of chinese language immigrants to the United States—and in their offspring—in the overdue 20th and early twenty-first centuries. the writer, Min Zhou, is a well known sociologist of the chinese language American adventure. during this quantity she collects her unique examine on a number of matters, together with the factors and effects of emigration from China, demographic traits of chinese language american citizens, styles of residential mobility within the united states, chinese language American “ethnoburbs,” immigrant entrepreneurship, ethnic enclave economies, gender and paintings, chinese media, chinese language faculties, and intergenerational family. The concluding bankruptcy, “Rethinking Assimilation,” ponders the long run for chinese language americans. additionally integrated are an in depth bibliography and an inventory of instructed documentary films.

While the booklet is especially well-suited for school classes in chinese language American reviews, ethnic reviews, Asian stories, and immigration reports, it's going to curiosity somebody who desires to extra totally comprehend the lived adventure of latest chinese language Americans.

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These pioneer emigrants were primarily involved in cash-crop farming, developing such goods as sugar, pepper, gambier, and rubber, as well as in tin and gold mining. 31 The diasporic communities served to strengthen both formal and informal trade connections and facilitate subsequent emigration from China. 34 In the nineteenth century, Western colonization and expansion peaked. The Dutch took over Indonesia in 1799. The British occupied and ruled territories on the Malay Peninsula, including Singapore in 1819.

In 1860 British and French troops occupied Beijing and burned the imperial Summer Palace. The Qing government was forced to ratify the treaty. 39 During this period of attacks and defeats by foreign powers, the Taiping Rebellion in the south and a series of peasant uprisings elsewhere in the country weakened the power of the state and accelerated the empire’s decline. The Taiping Rebellion (1851–1864), led by the Kejia (Hakka) “God worshipper” Hong Xiuquan (Hung Hsiu-ch’uan), was a popular uprising aimed at overthrowing the Qing regime and building an egalitarian society.

Compared with old Chinatowns, today’s Chinese ethnoburb has several distinct features: (1) interpersonal relations are less likely to be based on strong ties defined by blood, kin, and place of origin, and more likely to be based on secondary, weak ties defined by common SES or other economic and professional characteristics; (2) economic organizations are less embedded in a locally based interlocking ethnic social structure and more diversified in type and more connected to the mainstream and global economies; and (3) the enclave economy as a whole operates on the basis of bounded solidarity and enforceable trust defined by a common ethnicity, but does not necessarily preclude interethnic cooperation and social integration.

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