The Flow of People, Resources, and Ideas between China and America during the Exclusion EraEdited by Sucheng Chan
Chinese American Transnationalism considers the many ways in which Chinese living in the United States during the exclusion era maintained ties with China through a constant flow of people, economic resources, as well as political and cultural ideas. Continuing the exploration of the exclusion era begun in two previous volumes ( Entry Denied and Claiming America), editor Sucheng Chan and the contributors underscore the complexities of the Chinese immigrant experience and the ways in which its contexts changed over the sixty-one year period.
The collection's topics (and contributors) include: changing patterns of Chinese immigration and strategies for circumventing exclusion laws (Erika Lee); Chinese trade networks that facilitated Chinese migration (Madeline Hsu); female migration, marriage, and family formation (Sucheng Chan); Chinese herbalists in America (Haiming Liu); the significance of Chinese Americans' economic ties with China (Yong Chen); Chinese American debates about ideological currents in China (Shehong Chen); the role of Chinese-language schools in the United States in promoting ethnic "authenticity" (Him Mark Lai); and two classic autobiographies that reflect an emerging Chinese American consciousness (Xiao-huang Yin).
"These essays by leading scholars of Chinese American history are full of new information and important insights. Chinese American Transnationalism leads us away from simplistic binaries towards a more nuanced and subtle understanding of the complex connections that Chinese Americans maintained between home and homeland." —Robert G. Lee, Associate Professor of American Civilization, Brown University, and author of Orientals (Temple)
"Chinese American Transnationalism contains fresh and original contributions, highlighting the long history of transnationalism in Chinese American history. Though Chinese exclusion laws tried to curb Chinese immigration to the United States, the authors of this excellent volume demonstrate that people, ideas, cultural and political practices, and economic resources continued to migrate back and forth across the Pacific. Despite significant legal obstacles, Chinese Americans created vibrant communities with complex ties to both China and the United States." —Lucy E. Salyer, University of New Hampshire
"Chinese American Transnationalism flows particularly well from Chan's last volume, Claiming America . Her introduction is gracefully written and does an impressive job of tying together the chapters in the anthology, showing how each connects in a different way with the general theme of Chinese immigrants' desire to maintain cultural and material ties with their country of origin. There is something interesting and valuable to be learned from every one of the individual essays, and together, they throw significant new light on the experience of the Chinese American community during the exclusion era." —Charles McClain, Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program, School of Law, University of California, Berkeley
"This invigorating anthology completes a trilogy...(the) rich approaches underscore how this era of limitation and prejudice also witnessed significant resistance, creativity, and Chinese growth across national boundaries. Recommended." —Choice
"Chinese American Transnationalism thus brings together in one volume exemplary work based on multilingual sources, methodological rigor, and conceptual innovation. It sets a very high bar for a trend that risks slipping into academic faddism." —The Journal of American History.
"Taken together, these essays offer a concise and worthwhile introduction to the state of the field in Chinese American social history." —Western Historical Quarterly
"Immigrant experience is no longer a one-way street to the Promised Land but a multifaceted process that involves migration, return migration and re-migration. Chinese American Transnationalism serves as a model example of this new scholarship…. Chan should be commended for continuing to produce solid scholarship in Asian American history. For this particular volume, I would certainly concur with her statement, ‘If faculty teaching Chinese American or, more broadly, Asian American (history) can choose only one book about the exclusion era to assign in their classes, this book is it.’ (p. x)." —Pacific Historical Review
Founded by Sucheng Chan in 1991, the Asian American History and Culture series has sponsored innovative scholarship that has redefined, expanded, and advanced the field of Asian American studies while strengthening its links to related areas of scholarly inquiry and engaged critique. Like the field from which it emerged, the series remains rooted in the social sciences and humanities, encompassing multiple regions, formations, communities, and identities. Extending the vision of founding editor Sucheng Chan and emeriti editor Michael Omi, David Palumbo-Liu, K. Scott Wong and Linda Trinh Võ, series editors Cathy Schlund-Vials, Rick Bonus, and Shelley Sang-Hee Lee continue to develop a foundational collection that embodies a range of theoretical and methodological approaches to Asian American studies.