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Elaine Yee Lin Ho and Julia Kuehn

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9789622099456

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622099456.001.0001

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China Abroad: Nation and Diaspora in a Chinese Frame

China Abroad: Nation and Diaspora in a Chinese Frame

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China Abroad

Elaine Yee Lin Ho

Hong Kong University Press

The “diasporized nation” and the “nation-in-diaspora”: the shifting alignments between nation and diaspora that these two expressions encode are manifest in how China and Chineseness have been conceived, negotiated, and deconstructed. This book is a project of historicization with two overlapping foci: first, to locate possible antecedents of recent scholarly-theoretical work on diasporic phenomena and their polemics and follow through such possibilities in literary-cultural productions; second, to trace some of the shifting contours in the genealogy of Chineseness as they are configured and reconfigured throughout the long twentieth century. Theoretical, locational, historical: these are the interconnections which characterize this book as it explores China and Chineseness so that what it reveals of a specific temporal-spatial context can extend into others to elucidate the many dimensions of the book.

Keywords:   diaspora, nation, China, genealogy, Chineseness, historicization

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