Interdisciplinary Lunchtime Seminar: From the Hills of China to the Streets of Europe: Southern Zhejiangnese Emigration in the Twentieth Century


Dr. Xiaoxuan Wang
Assistant Professor
Centre for China Studies
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Date & Time:  March 21, 2023 | 12:30 – 1:30 pm (HKT) / March 20, 2023 | 9:30 – 10:30 pm (PDT)
 Room 201, 2/F, May Hall, HKU
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In this talk Dr. Xiaoxuan Wang will present preliminary ideas and findings from his ongoing project. This project explores the formation of European Chinese communities, focusing on people of southern Zhejiang origin, who make up the lion’s share of Chinese in continental Europe today. The project asks: If the construction of southern Zhejiang European communities underline efforts to construct a transnational life beyond the nation-state, what role did the Chinese state, especially the Republican and PRC governments, play in the transnationalism of southern Zhejiang people? The experience of European Chinese, especially its history, has been far less explored and understood than that of Chinese in Southeast Asia or America. The project hopes to provide a unique perspective on the intricate relations between transnationalism, localism and the state that have made and continue to make the Chinese overseas in the modern day.

About the Speaker
Xiaoxuan Wang is a social historian of modern China. He is broadly interested in the question of how China’s modern encounter with the West and the ensuing reforms and revolutions have transformed the ways that ordinary Chinese people live, move, organize and interact with the state. His first book, Maoism and Grassroots Religion, was published by Oxford University Press in 2020. His latest project concerns the history of Chinese emigration in the twentieth century.

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