RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 174040299 LA English T1 Chinese among others : emigration in modern times A1 Kuhn, Philip A., PB Rowman & Littlefield Publishers PP Lanham YR 2008 SN 9780742510708 0742510700 AB "In this book, distinguished historian Philip A. Kuhn tells the five-century story of Chinese emigration as an integral part of China's modern history. Although emigration has a much longer past, its "modern" phase dates from the sixteenth century, when European colonialists began to collaborate with Chinese emigrants to develop a worldwide trading system. The author explores both internal and external migration, complementary parts of a far-reaching process of adaptation that enabled Chinese families to deal with their changing social environments. Skills and institutions developed in the course of internal migration were creatively modified to serve the needs of emigrants in foreign lands. The post-Mao era offers emigrants new opportunities to leverage their expatriate status to do business with a Chinese nation eager for their investments, donations, and technologies. The resulting "new migration," the author argues, is but the latest phase of a centuries-old process by which Chinese have sought livelihoods away from home."--Jacket.