Memories of a Future Home: Diasporic Citizenship of Chinese in Panama

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Stanford University Press, 6 aug. 2007 - 272 pagini
While the history of Asian migration to Latin America is well documented, we know little about the contemporary experience of diasporic Asians in this part of the world. Memories of a Future Home offers an intimate look at how diasporic Chinese in Panama construct a home and create a sense of belonging as they inhabit the interstices of several cultural-national formations Panama, their nation of residence; China/Taiwan, their ethnic homeland; and the United States, the colonial force.

Juxtaposing the concepts of diaspora and citizenship, this book offers an innovative framework to help us understand how diasporic subjects engage the politics of cultural and political belonging in a transnational context. It does so by examining the interaction between continually shifting geopolitical dynamics, as well as the maneuvers undertaken by diasporic people to negotiate and transform those conditions. In essence, this book explores the contingent citizenship experienced by diasporic Chinese and their efforts to imagine and construct "home" in diaspora.

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Diasporic Citizenship I
The Social History
Contesting Nationalism
Serial Migration and the Production
Between Panama China
Remaking Community
Toward a Framework for the Study of Asians
The Chinese CenturyRedefining Panamanian
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Pagina 35 - II which the United States would possess and exercise if it were the sovereign of the territory within which said lands and waters are located to tne entire exclusion of the exercise by the Republic of Panama of any such sovereign rights, power or authority.
Pagina 63 - Introduction, the Republic of China (ROC) and the People's Republic of China (PRC...
Pagina 76 - Diaspora most commonly refers to "the doubled relationship or dual loyalty ... to two places— their connections to the space they currently occupy and their continuing involvement with 'back home'" (Lavie and Swedenburg 1996, 15).
Pagina 35 - Within this territory, Washington gained "all the rights, power and authority . . . which the United States would possess and exercise if it were the sovereign ... to the entire exclusion
Pagina 102 - I use the term flexible citizenship to refer especially to the strategies and effects of mobile managers, technocrats, and professionals seeking to both circumvent and benefit from different nation-state regimes by selecting different sites for investments, work, and family relocation.
Pagina 78 - fake' Chinese. In other words, in being defined and categorized diasporically, I was found wanting. 'Not speaking Chinese', therefore, has become a personal political issue to me, an existential condition which goes beyond the particularities of an arbitrary personal history. It is a condition that has been hegemonically constructed as a lack, a sign of loss of 'authenticity'.
Pagina 5 - a set of practices that a person is engaged in, and a set of rights acquired or appropriated, that cross nation-state boundaries and that indicate membership in at least two nation states
Pagina xi - I could not have written this book without the generous support of...
Pagina 43 - Pearson stated, in part: . . . the proposal was that the governments of both the Republic of China and the People's Republic of China...
Pagina 104 - Before the end of my field research in 1997,1 learned that she had committed suicide. The aunt's history exemplifies the extent to which the communist revolution affected people like Victoria and her family. Even after four decades, conversations about their lives in China brought tears to their eyes, and strong emotions of pain and rage kept resurfacing. While most of the literature on diasporic Chinese has emphasized labor and economic reasons for migration, Victoria's story forcefully illustrates...

Despre autor (2007)

Lok C. D. Siu is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University. She is the coeditor of Asian Diasporas: New Formations, New Conceptions(Stanford, 2007).

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