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Pacific Crossing: Californian Gold, Chinese Migration, and the Making of Hong Kong

Elizabeth Sinn


During the nineteenth century tens of thousands of Chinese men and women crossed the Pacific to work, trade, and settle in California. Drawn initially by the gold rush, they took with them skills and goods and a view of the world which, though still Chinese, was transformed by their long journeys back and forth. They in turn transformed Hong Kong, their main point of embarkation, from a struggling infant colony into a prosperous international port and the cultural center of a far-ranging Chinese diaspora. Making use of extensive research in archives around the world, Pacific Crossing charts th ... More

Keywords: Migration studies, Diaspora, In-between place

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9789888139712
Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888139712.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elizabeth Sinn, author