Chinese Chicago: Race, Transnational Migration, and by Huping Ling

By Huping Ling

Numerous reviews have documented the transnational stories and native actions of chinese language immigrants in California and big apple within the past due 19th and early 20th centuries. much less is understood concerning the shiny chinese language American group that built whilst in Chicago. during this sweeping account, Huping Ling deals the 1st finished historical past of chinese language in Chicago, starting with the arriving of the pioneering Moy brothers within the 1870s and carrying on with to the present.

Ling specializes in how race, transnational migration, and neighborhood have outlined chinese language in Chicago. Drawing upon archival files in English and chinese language, she charts how chinese language made a spot for themselves one of the multiethnic neighborhoods of Chicago, cultivating friendships with neighborhood specialists and consciously fending off racial conflicts. Ling takes readers in the course of the many years, exploring evolving kinfolk buildings and relationships, the improvement of group enterprises, and the operation of transnational companies. She will pay specific cognizance to the influential function of chinese language in Chicago's educational and highbrow groups and to the advanced and conflicting relationships between latest extra dispersed chinese language american citizens in Chicago.

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Chinese Chicago: Race, Transnational Migration, and Community Since 1870

Various reports have documented the transnational reviews and native actions of chinese language immigrants in California and long island within the overdue 19th and early 20th centuries. much less is understood concerning the brilliant chinese language American group that constructed whilst in Chicago. during this sweeping account, Huping Ling bargains the 1st accomplished historical past of chinese language in Chicago, starting with the arriving of the pioneering Moy brothers within the 1870s and carrying on with to the current.

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Most Chinese in North America are medium- or small-scale entrepreneurs; few have become owners of large companies, unlike their counterparts in Southeast Asia, Hong Kong, and Macao. Yet remittances from North America greatly surpass those from Southeast Asia. In the 1930s, remittances from North America constituted between one-third and onehalf of total overseas Chinese remittances. 26 Huang Jing, a researcher at the Chinese Institute for Overseas Chinese History Studies, identifies three periods of overseas Chinese remittances since the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949.

First, as the standard of living has risen in the home villages, residents depend less on overseas remittances. Second, since the 1980s more overseas Chinese have been visiting their home villages bringing gifts and cash instead of sending remittances. 27 According to data on overseas Chinese–owned enterprises, by 2007 the overseas Chinese owned approximately 140,000 enterprises in China, 50 percent of the country’s total of 280,000 businesses. Qinghua University scholar Long Denggao (2008) estimates that before 1991, 60 to 80 percent of the private enterprises owned by overseas Chinese were concentrated in Guangdong.

The sidewalk was crowded with Chinese from every part of Chicago, all awaiting the sound of the gong—the tocsin of feast. m. the large dining hall on the second floor of Lung’s building was ablaze, and the laundrymen of Chicago enjoyed a banquet such as was never seen or tasted here before. 38 This description offers a vivid and authentic account of Chinese memorial ceremonies in Chicago at the time, from which one may draw some useful information. 39 Burning consecrated paper in a caldron and blessing the graves with various foods are all traditional ways of ensuring that the deceased has money to spend and enough food to eat in the next world.

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