CFP, The Rise of China and the New Chinese Immigrants, due January 31, 2017

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Translocal Chinese: East Asian Perspectives (TCEA)海外華人研究》is a peer-reviewed bilingual (English and Chinese) journal which is published biannually as a result of collaboration among the Society of Overseas Chinese Studies (SOCS), Taipei, Taiwan, Research Center for the Overseas Chinese (RCOC), Department of East Asia Studies, National Taiwan Normal University, and Brill. TCEA, as a transdisciplinary journal that is devoted to the studies on the topic of Overseas Chinese communities in all their manifestations and contestations, however, focuses on the regional studies of East Asia. We study the border crossing networks of Overseas Chinese that either disseminated from, or converged in (pen)insular countries or zones such as Japan, North and South Koreas, the Ryukyus, Taiwan, Kinmen (Quemoy), Hong Kong and Macao. We also welcome researches on other mobile groups that are connected to, or whose experience is comparable to Overseas Chinese in, and from East Asia.

Call for Papers: The Rise of China and the New Chinese Immigrants

TCEA is now soliciting submissions for one of its future issues (expected to be published in September, 2017). This special issue is to be dedicated to the topic of “The Rise of China and the New Chinese Immigrants.” While most researches in the field of Overseas Chinese focus on Chinese immigrants who have settled down in their respective host countries for generations, little attention has been paid to the arrivals of “New” Chinese immigrants from Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Mainland China within the past three decades. The economic transformation of PRC in the 1990s encouraged more people to move abroad as stowaways, travelers, students, expatriates, or business entrepreneurs. While some of them eventually returned home, others settled down as migrant workers, professionals, or noveau riche (“new money”) in the host countries. The migration trajectories and lives of these groups in the host countries are little discussed. The way that these new Chinese immigrants interact with the early Chinese immigrants and locals of their host countries, are also unknown. Meanwhile, with China proposing the One Belt One Road (OBOR) and the establishment of Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), how the rise of China may possibly affect the Overseas Chinese has not yet been fully explored either.

Limited studies have demonstrated that the arrival of ‘new Chinese immigrants’ changes the features of the local Chinese societies in the host countries. This transformation had caused some tension (and in some cases, cooperation) between the early Chinese immigrants, the new Chinese immigrants, and locals of the respective host countries. It also caused an implicit wrestling match between the host countries and the Chinese governments (including both the PRC and Taiwan). Current studies have shown that, in the studies of Chinese overseas, the rise of China and the arrival of new Chinese immigrants should not be overlooked. We seek research articles that examine this topic from different regions, perspectives, and approaches. Contributions on the new Chinese immigrants beyond East Asia are also welcome. Analysis of documents and literary works are no less important than the empirical studies on certain Chinese organisations, schools, business firms, and chambers of commerce. Research on the benefit of Chinese investment should encompass the viewpoints of people in the host countries. Multimethod studies or researches from an equally comparable perspective are particularly welcome.

Possible research subjects include but not limited to, the following:

--Analysis and comparison on various groups of new Chinese immigrants (i.e. comparing the Chinese immigrants from Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the Chinese Mainland during the same period, or comparing the lives of migrant workers and professionals in the same city); 

--Relationship between the development of China (including Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the Chinese Mainland) and the arrival of new Chinese immigrants after the 1980s. For example, how the political instability of Hong Kong and Taiwan, and the economic reform/prosperity in the Mainland China triggered the outflow of Chinese people;

--Transformation of Chinese societies in the host countries under the development of cooperation/competition between countries. For example, how the business investments from Chinese Mainland affected the formation of local Chinese societies, or how the Chinese societies affect the investments from Mainland China;

--Identity and identification of new Chinese immigrants in certain cities, regions, or countries. For example, how (and to what extent) the early and new Chinese immigrants mix with each other, how (and in what ways) do these two groups regard themselves as individual entities separated from each other, when (and under what circumstances) do, or may these two groups of Chinese immigrants identify themselves as one with the local people of their host countries;

Please send a research article within 8,000-10,000 words (including notes and bibliography) or a research note not exceeding 5,000 words.

In addition, we welcome submissions of book reviews within 2,000 words.

Please refer to the journal’s section of “Authors Instructions” ( for further details on the format and other requirements.

Deadline for submission is January 31st, 2017.

For any inquiry related to the submission, please contact Ms. Charlene Tsai, Managing Editor <>, and/or Dr. Ping Lin, Executive Editor <>.