Translated Titles

Interactions between South China and Chinese Communities in Southeast Asia: The Remittance-letters of a Transnational Chinese Family


陳麗園(Li-Yuan Chen)

Key Words

華南 ; 僑批 ; 東南亞華人社會 ; 跨國華人家庭 ; 跨國性理論 ; South China ; Southeast Asia ; remittance letters (qiaopi) ; Chinese transnational family ; Chinese transnational community



Volume or Term/Year and Month of Publication

12卷2期(2014 / 10 / 01)

Page #

85 - 110

Content Language


Chinese Abstract


English Abstract

This article is a study of a transnational Chinese family whose members maintained contact between Southeast Asia and their native place in South China over the course of two generations. Their history illustrates the complex transnational and transregional interactions between Chinese communities in Southeast Asia and South China. Based upon approximately one hundred emigrants' remittance letters (qiaopi) from before 1949 as well as contemporary field research, the article shows how dynamic mechanisms within the transnational family structure and transnational communities enabled families to survive a difficult political and economic environment. The article provides a case study to reflect on the challenge posed by the transnational Chinese family to models of the ethnic nation-state and on the utility of transnationalism as the oretical formulation for the field of overseas Chinese studies.

Topic Category 人文學 > 歷史學
人文學 > 人類學及族群研究