MMM28
Reframing the discourse space around 'studies on overseas Chinese': toward an alternative anthropological approach

Convenors:
Mizuka Kimura (Rikkyo University)
Chair:
Gyo Miyabara
Location:
Alan Turing Building G109
Start time:
9 August, 2013 at 16:30
Session slots:
1

Short abstract:

This panel aims to reframe dominant discourses in "Overseas Chinese studies", which had been created historically by certain discourse space in East Asia. Discussing various views on "Chinese Overseas" in each era, this panel will redirect Anthropological approaches on Overseas Chinese.

Long abstract:

This panel aims to reframe the discourse space around "Studeis on Chinese Overseas, which had directed anthropological researches on Chinese Overseas (This panel refers "Overseas Chinese," as an comprehensive concept which includes Diasporic Chinese, Chinese Creoles, etc .) The "Overseas Chinese Studies" in East Asia had been framed by the dominant discourses of Studies on Chinese Overseas, which had been generated on certain discourse space in each era such as "Diaspora Chinese network", "Cultural China," or others. In order to resolve this deadlock, this panel will look for an alternative approach of Overseas Chinese Studies. The panel will illustrate the various discourse spaces around "Overseas Chinese Studies," which had influenced and directed anthropological researches and other fields of studies in the East Asian context. Firstly, we will investigate the discourse of "Overseas Chinese Studies" and the nation-state buildings in East Asian countries, especially in the prewar Japanese academy. This modernist's view on "Overseas Chinese" had been amended and transplanted both to China and other East Asian nation-states, and had created various versions of "Chineseness." One of dominant discourses has been "Cantonese version," which has framed the current discourse space of Overseas Chinese Studies. Secondly, and thirdly, we will examine studies on sub-ethnicity and the home communities of overseas Chinese, and illustrate how influential the discourse space is. Discussing these views on "Chinese Overseas" in each era, this panel will redirect Anthropological approaches on Overseas Chinese.