Diasporic Histories

Cultural Archives of Chinese Transnationalism


Edited by Andrea Riemenschnitter and Deborah L. Madsen

ISBN : 978-962-209-079-8

Cultural Studies, Gender Studies

August 2009

300 pages, 6″ x 9″

  • HK$325.00

Also available in Paperback HK$150.00

Chinese migrant communities have reinvented their histories in many contexts, but the process of globalization has accelerated and diversified this phenomenon. Their fluid identities, innovative modernities, and generative talents in overcoming prejudice and multiple dislocations offer powerful examples of creative resistance to placebound traditions and nationalist histories. As the velocity of exchange in global media and commerce steadily increases, emergent and dynamic diasporas are increasingly influential in transnational discourses.

This volume engages cultural representations of the subjectivities and loyalties of Chinese migrant communities, including analyses of aesthetic texts, as well as theoretical approaches in cultural studies. The book situates diasporic agency as an historical phenomenon with far-reaching political and social implications for both home and host societies and as a major site of contemporary cultural developments. By assembling a variety of regional, temporal, and disciplinary perspectives, it interrogates current notions of the diasporic subject, raising questions about respective ideological roots and cultural repositories as well as extensions and transgressions of new aesthetic vocabularies.

Contributors include Roland Altenburger, Pheng Cheah, Prasenjit Duara, Kathrin Ensinger, Ping-kwan Leung, Helen F. Siu, Tamara S. Wagner, Mary Shuk-han Wong, Sau-ling C. Wong and Nicolas Zufferey.

Andrea Riemenschnitter is professor of modern Chinese language and literature, Institute of East Asian Studies, University of Zurich. Deborah L. Madsen is chair and professor of American literature and culture, University of Geneva.