Description - Chineseness across Borders by Andrea Louie
Deals with transnational ethnic identity issues studied through an ethnography of Chinese American visits to Chinese villages Presents a vivid portrait of two populations who are meeting for the first time in the context of a rapidly changing contemporary China What happens when Chinese American youths travel to mainland China in search of their ancestral roots, only to realise that in many ways they still feel out of place, or when mainland Chinese realise that the lives of the Chinese abroad may not be as good as they had imagined? By considering programmmes designed to facilitate interactions between overseas Chinese and their ancestral homelands, Andrea Louie highlights how these programs not only create opportunities for new connections but also reveal the dis-junctures that now separate Chinese Americans from their ancestral homeland and mainland Chinese from the Chinese abroad. Louie presents a vivid portrait of two populations who, though connected through family ties generations back, are meeting for the first time in the context of a rapidly changing contemporary China.
Louie situates the participants' and hosts' shifting understandings of China and Chineseness within the context of transnational flows of people, media, goods, and money; China's political and economic policies; and the racial and cultural politics of the United States.
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(235mm x 152mm x mm)
Duke University Press
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Author Biography - Andrea Louie
Andrea Louie is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Michigan State University.