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The Chinese Diaspora in South-East Asia: The Overseas Chinese in IndoChina

The Chinese Diaspora in South-East Asia: The Overseas Chinese in IndoChina
Tracy C. Barrett

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As Qing Dynasty China disintegrated, economic hardship and civil disorder led to millions of Chinese men and women seeking their fortunes abroad, many journeying south into French Indochina. These emigres settled into tight-knit communities called huiguan: organisations which closely mirrored the religious, social and economic constitution of their own places of origin. Here, Tracy Barrett sheds light on the overseas Chinese communities in French Indochina and the interactions between them and French colonial authorities. She also addresses the nature, scope and effectiveness of the congregation system - an institution designed by the French to control Indochina's overseas Chinese but eventually extended across the greater French empire as a means of monitoring 'foreign Asiatics'. Including a close analysis of French colonial law and of the economic and social networks between Chinese settler communities across Indonesia, "The Chinese Diaspora in South East Asia" provides an important insight into the characteristics of Chinese migration.

Author Info

Tracy C. Barrett received her PhD from Cornell University and is Assistant Professor of History at North Dakota State University.

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.
Series: Library of Modern China Studies

Hardback
ISBN: 9781780761343
Publication Date: 01 Feb 2012
Number of Pages: 320
Height: 216
Width: 134
Illustrations: maps

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