Chinese communities outside of Asia: Tracing the Chinese Diaspora

Issue 53 – July 2010

The China Monitor for July 2010 focuses on the phenomenon of the Chinese diaspora, a movement of people and culture that has seen Chinese communities grow up in many parts of the world outside Asia.

The Commentary piece introduces the migration of Chinese communities to Europe from a historical perspective. In her commentary, Prof Li Minghuan, eminent sociologist at Xiamen University in Fujian Province, China, reviews the origins and developments of the Chinese diaspora in Western (and more recently Eastern) Europe.

In the Policy Watch, an analysis is offered of the emergence of Chinese communities in South Africa. Dr. Yoon Park, senior researcher in the Centre for Sociological Research at the University of Johannesburg in South Africa discusses the features of South Africa’s primary Chinese communities. This feature is accompanied by a special Insight interview with Peter Tam by Elizabeth Schickerling, research intern at the CCS. Mr. Tam is patriarch and owner of the Tam family corporation in South Africa’s Eastern Cape Province, who trace their business roots back more than a century.

The Monitor subsequently tracks China’s local and international business news as well as China’s interaction with Africa over the past month.

Read the full  CCS China Monitor – Issue 53 – July 2010 here.