Diasporic Chinese Ventures: The Life and Work of Wang Gungwu

Diasporic Chinese Ventures: The Life and Work of Wang Gungwu

Diasporic Chinese Ventures: The Life and Work of Wang Gungwu

Diasporic Chinese Ventures: The Life and Work of Wang Gungwu

Synopsis

Wang Gungwu is an immensely eminent and prolific writer. Over the past 50 years he has made an important contribution to both scholarly and political debate, bringing his unparalleled knowledge of the histories of East and Southeast Asia to bear on urgent contemporary social, political and cultural issues. As doyen of studies on the Chinese diaspora and China's relations with Southeast Asia, Wang Gungwu has played an instrumental role in developing this emerging field of scholarship since the 1950s. This collection of essays by and about Wang Gungwu brings together some of Wang's most recent and representative writing about the ethnic Chinese outside China giving the reader a deeper understanding of his views on migration, identity, nationalism and culture, all key issues in modern Asia's transformation. The book collects interviews, speeches and essays that illustrate the development and direction of Wang's scholarship on ethnic and diasporic Chinese. Diasporic Chinese Venturesis theideal introduction to the often complex field of ethnic Chinese Studies making it an essential read for students embarking upon the study of the subject. Those who are already familiar with Wang Gungwu's work will find this book a useful and representative collection which also provides an intriguing assessment of Wang's own political and scholarly influences.
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