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.


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