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Trans-Pacific Mobilities

The Chinese and Canada

With the number of Chinese living outside of its borders expected to reach 52 million by 2030, China has one of the most mobile populations on earth, shaping economies, cultures, and politics around the globe. Trans-Pacific Mobilities charts how the cross-border movement of Chinese people, goods, and images affects notions of place, belonging, and identity, particularly in Canada. Drawing on the new mobilities paradigm, contributors explore this phenomenon through five lenses, mapping out historic, cultural and symbolic, highly skilled, family and gendered, and transnational mobilities. This volume offers fresh insights into historical and contemporary Chinese mobilities and issues of transnationalism.

376 pages


Table of Contents

Introduction: Trans-Pacific Mobilites: The Chinese and Canada / Lloyd L. Wong

Part 1: Historical Mobilities

1 The Cantonese Pacific: Migration Networks Across Space and Time / Henry Yu and Stephanie Chan

2 Transnational Mobilities in Canadian Chinatowns / David Chuenyan Lai

Part 2: Cultural and Symbolic Mobilities

3 Heeding the Phoenix Pen: Trans-Pacific Scriptures from Lü Dongbin / Paul Crowe

4 Mandarin Profile: Chinese-Language Television and Geo-Ethnic Storytelling / Shuyu Kong

5 Media Representations of Investment and Labour in Alberta’s Resource Economy / Marcella Sisqueira Cassiano, Sara Dorow, and Heather Schmidt

Part 3: Highly Skilled Mobilities

6 New Immigrants from China to Canada, 1980-2009: Migration Patterns and Economic Performance / Eva Xiaoling Li and Peter S. Li

7 Economic Mobilities of Highly Skilled China-Born Migrants in Canada and the United States / Lucia Lo, Shaolu Yu, and Wei Li

8 Chinese Techno-Immigrants in Western Canada / Karl Froschauer and Lloyd L. Wong

9 Canadian Immigration Policy and Chinese Students: Transitioning to Permanent Residency / Yixi Lu and Li Zong

Part 4: Family and Gendered Mobilities

10 Locational Dispersion of Family Members: Chinese in Toronto / Eric Fong and Jenny Li

11 Gendered Practices of Middle-Class Chinese Immigrant Women Professionals / Guida Man and Elena Chou

12 Bringing Transnationalism Home: Mobility and Locality in China-Canada Adoption / Sara Dorow

Part 5: Transnational Mobilities

13 Exploring Transnational Identities of Chinese Immigrant Children in Canada / Yan Zhang and Yan Guo

14 Double Diaspora: Chinese Canadians in Beijing / S

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