Chinese Migrants and Internationalism
Forgotten Histories, 1917-1945
By (author) Gregor Benton
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Chinese Migrants and Internationalism by Gregor Benton
Book DescriptionThe transnational and diasporic dimensions of early Chinese migrant politics opened in the late nineteenth century when Chinese radical groups bent on overthrowing the Qing dynasty (1644-1911) vied with one another to win Chinese overseas to their modernizing projects, and immigrants who had suffered discrimination welcomed their proposals. The radicals' concentration on Chinese communities abroad as outposts of Chinese politics and culture strengthened the stereotype of Chinese as clannish, unassimilable, xenophobic, and deeply introverted. This book argues that such a view has its roots less in historical truth than in political and ideological prejudice and obscures a rich vein of internationalist practice in Chinese migrant or diasporic history, which the study aims to restore to visibility. In some cases, internationalist alliances sprang from the spontaneous perception by Chinese and other non-Chinese migrants or local workers of shared problems and common solutions in everyday life and work. At other times, they emerged from under the umbrella of transnationalism, when Chinese nationalist and anti-imperialist activists overseas received support for their campaigns from local internationalists; or the alliances were the product of nurturing by Chinese or non-Chinese political organizers, including anarchists, communists, and members of internationalist cultural movements like Esperantism. Based on sources in a dozen languages, and telling hitherto largely unknown or forgotten stories of Chinese migrant experiences in Russia, Germany, Cuba, Spain and Australia, this study will appeal to students and scholars of Chinese history, labour studies and ethnic/migration studies alike.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415418683
(234mm x 156mm x 16mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 29-May-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Gregor Benton
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Drawing on numerous oral history interviews with survivors, this study of Chinese Trotskyism is exhaustive and groundbreaking.
Was Mao Really a Monster?, Paperback (June 2009)» View all books by Gregor Benton
"Mao: The Unknown Story" portrays Mao as a monster - equal to or worse than Hitler and Stalin - and a fool who won power by native cunning and ruled by terror. This book brings together sixteen reviews of "Mao: The Unknown Story" by some of the internationally well-regarded specialists in modern Chinese history.
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Author Biography - Gregor Benton
Gregor Benton is Professor of Chinese History at Cardiff University, UK.
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