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My most recent book is China and the Overseas Chinese (London and New York: Routledge, 2012). As the title suggests, this book looks at a group of persons in the People's Republic who are known formally and collectively as "domestic overseas Chinese." The "domestic overseas Chinese" are made up of family members of emigrants, emigrants and their descendants who "returned" to China after 1949, and students who went to China after 1949 in order to pursue higher education. The book examines the construction of state policies toward domestic overseas Chinese and looks at their varied and often tumultuous, sometimes tragic experiences during the 1950s and 1960s, up to and including the Cultural Revolution. I have recently embarked on two new research projects. One is an externally funded (SSHRC Standard Research Grant 2011-14) study of refugee movements into and out of the People's Republic of China, with particular emphases on China's Overseas Chinese State Farm system. The other is an internally funded (UBC Hampton Research Fund) study of the role of philanthropy in the making of a "Straits Chinese" identity in Malaya and Singapore during the first half of the twentieth century.
China and the Overseas Chinese (London and New York: Routledge, 2012). Chinese Worlds Series.
Education, Culture and Identity in 20th Century China, edited with Ruth Hayhoe and Lu Yongling (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2001).
Historical Dictionary of Guangzhou (Canton) and Guangdong: Historical Dictionaries of Cities of the World No. 6 (co-authored with Graham E. Johnson). Lanham, M.D. and London: Scarecrow Press, 1999).
The Power of Words: Literacy and Revolution in South China (Vancouver, University of British Columbia Press, 1997). Contemporary China Series.
Articles and Book Chapters
"Socialist China and the Huaqiao: The Transition to Socialism in the Overseas Chinese Areas of Rural Guangdong ," Modern China 14, 3: (1988) 309–335.
"State Literacy Ideologies and the Transformation of Rural China, 1949–60," The Australian Journal for Chinese Affairs (Australia), Issue 32 (July 1994): 95–120.
"Recent Trends in Literacy Studies and their Application to China," Journal of Educational Thought (Canada), 28:2 (August 1994): 138–152.
"State and Society in Postrevolutionary China: The Struggle for Literacy in Rural Guangdong," China Quarterly (U.K.) 140 (December 1994): 926–943.
"Overseas Chinese Studies in the People’s Republic of China," Provincial China 7:1 (April 2002): 103-21.
"Overseas Chinese and Merchant Philanthropy in China: From Culturalism to Nationalism" Journal of Chinese Overseas 1: 1 (May 2005): 87-107.
"House Divided: Transnational Families in the Early Years of the People's Republic of China" Asian Studies Review 31 (March 2007): 25-40."To Be or Not to Be a Refugee: The International Politics of the Hong Kong Refugee Crisis, 1949-55" Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History vol. xxxvi no. 2 (June 2008): 171-195.
“To be or Not to Be a Refugee: The International Politics of the Hong Kong Refugee Crisis, 1949-55” Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History (U.K.) vol.xxxvi, No.2 (June 2008); 171-195.
“ ‘Education Changes the World’: The World University Service of Canada Student Refugee Program” Refuge: Canada’s Periodical on Refugees (Refugee Studies Centre, York University) (Canada) Vol. 27 No. 2 (Fall 2010), Special Issue on Higher Education for Refugees. In press, scheduled for publication Fall 2011 (Invited)
“Migration and China’s Urban Reading Public: Shifting Representations of “Overseas Chinese” in Shanghai’s Dongfang Zazhi (Eastern Miscellany), 1904-49” in Leo Suryadinata, ed. Migration, Indigenization and Interaction: Chinese Overseas and Globalization. Singapore: World Scientific for the Chinese Heritage Center, 2011, pp.277-296.
“Sans noms et sans visages: le transport ultra-secret du Corps de travailleurs chinois à travers le Canada” in Li Ma, ed., Les Travailleurs Chinois dans la Premiere Guerre Mondiale. Paris: Centre National de la Recherché Scientifique, 2011.