Chinatown, Europe: An Exploration of Overseas Chinese Identity in the 1990s

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Contents
Prefaceix
Introduction1
Background3
1European Chinese identity in the 1990s7
Blood descent, nationality and nationalism7
Concepts of ethnic and sub-ethnic identity12
Sub-ethnic divisions: sub-ethnic identity?16
Primordialism and instrumentalism: assimilation, integration, exclusion21
The structuring influence of the European states on the Chinese communities24
Playing the minority rights card30
The ethnic triangle: 'community', 'home', and 'host'32
China's national minorities and the overseas Chinese in Europe33
Forging overseas Chinese identity in Europe36
2Chinese migration to Europe37
Myths37
Waves40
Cases49
Amnesties64
3Chinatown, Europe67
Centres of community-building67
Having or not having a Chinatown76
Building an arch79
Ethnic symbol85
4Formation of sub-ethnic identities: Siyi and Qingtian86
The Siyinese in Europe86
The Qingtianese in Europe100
Sub-ethnic divisions in flux112

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Table of contents

  • Title Page v
  • Contents vii
  • Preface ix
  • Introduction 1
  • 1 - European Chinese Identity in the 1990s 7
  • 2 - Chinese Migration to Europe 37
  • 3 - Chinatown, Europe 67
  • 4 - Formation of Sub-Ethnic Identities 86
  • 5 - Ethnic Politics 114
  • 6 - European Chinese and Chinese Patriotism 127
  • 7 - Chinese Business, Ethnic Business 147
  • Conclusion - Construction of a European Chinese Identity? 173
  • Notes 180
  • Bibliography 188
  • Index 196
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