Forever Strangers? Contemporary Chinese Immigrants Around the World

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Xiangli Chen China and Beyond Forum
A book talk by Professor Min Zhou
Moderated by Professor Michael Berry, Director of the Center for Chinese Studies
(Professor Zhou's talk will be in Chinese, and Q&A may be English-Chinese bilingual)

Thursday, July 1, 2021
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

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Since China’s open-door in the late 1970s, more than 8 million people from Mainland China have emigrated to other countries, forming a large group of immigrants known as xinyimin, “new Chinese immigrants.” The new Chinese immigrants have now reached every corner of the world and established new diasporic communities in large and small countries of resettlement. These new Chinese immigrant communities differ greatly from traditional Chinese communities in terms of demographics, socioeconomic formation, ethnic economic practices, internal organizational structures, social integration patterns, social status and sense of belonging in the resettlement countries. New Chinese immigrants also vary depending on the socioeconomic background, purpose of immigration, and length of residence in their host countries. At the same time, new Chinese immigrants have had different degrees of influence on the social, cultural, and economic aspects of their host countries. This book explores contemporary Chinese communities around the world from the perspectives of anthropology, sociology, and related social sciences, describing and analyzing their characteristics, causes and consequences of formation, contemporary and future trends.

Min Zhou, PhD, is Professor of Sociology and Asian American Studies, Walter and Shirley Wang Endowed Chair in US-China Relations and Communications, and Director of the Asia Pacific Center at the University of California, Los Angeles, USA. Her main research areas are in: migration & development, urban sociology, race and ethnicity, education and the new second generation, ethnic system of supplementary education, ethnic entrepreneurship, Chinese diaspora, and the sociology of Asia and Asian America, and she has published widely in these areas. She recently published The Asian American Achievement Paradox (with Lee, 2015), The Rise of the New Second Generation (with Bankston, 2016), and Contemporary Chinese Diasporas (ed., 2017). Her co-authored book with Lee, The Asian American Achievement Paradox, received five major academic book awards. She is the recipient of the 2017 Distinguished Career Award of the American Sociological Association Section on International Migration and the 2020 Contribution to the Field Award of the American Sociological Association Section on Asia and Asian America.

新書簡介:自1970年代末改革開放以來,中國大陸有八百多萬國民移居海外,這個龐大的移民群體被稱之為「中國新移民」。中國新移民如今已經遍佈全球的每一個角落,在大大小小的移居國裡建立了新的華人社區,與傳統的華人社區在人口構成、社會經濟形態、族裔經濟運作方式、內部組織結構、社會融入模式以及在移居國的社會地位和歸屬感等方面都有很大的區別。中國新移民也因移民個體的社會經濟背景、移民目的以及居住時間長短的不同而各異。同時,中國新移民對移居國和中國的社會、文化、經濟等方面也產生了不同程度的影響。本書從人類學、社會學及相關的社會科學的視角,探究分佈在世界各地的當代華人社區,對其特點、形成動因、結果與發展趨勢進行描述與分析。

主编简介周敏(Min Zhou),美國社會學博士,現任美國洛杉磯加州大學(UCLA)亞太中心主任,社會學系和亞美研究學系教授,王文祥伉儷美中關係與傳媒基金講座教授。主要研究領域:國際移民社會學,城市社會學,種族與族裔關係和海外華人研究。她已出版了19本學術專著,並在知名學術雜誌和刊物上發表了200餘篇學術論文。最近出版的英文新書有:《美國亞裔成就的悖論》,《美國移民第二代的崛起》和《當代海外華人社會》等。榮獲2017年美國社會學學會國際移民分會傑出職業成就獎;2020年美國社會學學會亞洲與亞美研究分會傑出學術貢獻獎。


Sponsor(s): Center for Chinese Studies