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Citizens in MotionEmigration, Immigration, and Re-migration Across China's Borders$
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Elaine Lynn-Ee Ho

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781503606661

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9781503606661.001.0001

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China at Home and Abroad

China at Home and Abroad

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Citizens in Motion

Elaine Lynn-Ee Ho

Stanford University Press

Studying the interface of distinct yet interrelated migration trends through the framework of contemporaneous migration allows us to conceptualize both inter-ethnic and co-ethnic relations in culturally diverse societies. The Chinese worldview of tianxia informs understanding of the multidirectional migration patterns that reflect and impact China’s domestic management of ethnic diversity and its external relations. This chapter argues that contemporaneous migration further illuminates three dimensions of alterity, namely alterity as phenotypical difference, as the diversification of co-ethnicity, and as spatial recalibration. It interfaces African immigration to China with the re-migration of Chinese diasporic descendants to the ancestral land, and the emigration of ethnic minorities in China. Such an analytical approach reveals how fraternity and alterity operate within and across ethnic categories in transnational contexts.

Keywords:   Africans in China, cosmopolitanism, Chinese diasporic descendants, ethnic minorities in China, migration governance, New Silk Road, racial hierarchy, xinyimin, suzhi, tianxia

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