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Coming Home to a Foreign Country: Xiamen and Returned Overseas Chinese, 1843-1938

Soon Keong Ong


This book explores the unique position of the treaty port Xiamen (Amoy) within the China–Southeast Asia migrant circuit and examines its role in the creation of Chinese diasporas. The book addresses how migration affected those who moved out of China and later returned to participate in the city's economic revitalization, educational advancement, and urban reconstruction. It shows how the mobility of overseas Chinese allowed them to shape their personal and community identities for pragmatic and political gains. This resulted in migrants who returned with new money, knowledge, and visions acqu ... More

Keywords: Xiamen, Chinese diasporas, treaty port, migration, Chinese migrants, China, Southeast Asia, Southeast Asian Chinese

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781501756184
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501756184.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Soon Keong Ong, author
Nanyang Technological University