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Tao Zhang

Despite some scholarly attention, the Native-American–Chinese association is mainly studied from the White perspective. One may get the impression that connections between the two similarly marginalized groups are either imagined or promoted by Whites for their own benefit. But, as a matter of fact, American Indians, joined by their White friends, did initiate associations with the Chinese out of their own racial considerations. One case in point is Pan-Indians’ reference to the Chinese in the process of forging a united and unique identity for the Indian race at the turn of the twentieth century. With those allusions, Native Americans were constructed into a group that was exceptional and progressive, benevolent and cosmopolitan—in short, a group that Whites should accept and respect as fellow Americans. Passively involved in proving Indians’ eligibility for American nationality, the Chinese emerged as racialized but less repugnant than they had been in Whites’ racist depictions. Pan-Indians’ citation of the Chinese thus registers the caution with which they navigated the constraints imposed by American racism in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

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Diverse Driving Emotions

Exploring Chinese Migrants’ Mobilities in a Car-Dependent City

Sophie-May Kerr, Natascha Klocker, and Gordon Waitt

crying driving … If I had a Chinese husband it could be very different again, my Chinese husband probably wouldn’t be making me drive. —Chen (aged 23) Driving cultures are sustained by “feelings.” 1 Chen was born in mainland China and moved to

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“China gives and China takes”

African traders and the nondocumenting states

Shanshan Lan

Since the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949, the presence of foreigners in the country has been strictly controlled by the state. The increase of foreign population in China since the late 1970s has been the result of “a

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China’s New Silk Road

Autocracy Promotion in the New Asian Order?

Octavia Bryant and Mark Chou

Situated on the China-Kazakhstan border in the autonomous region of Xinjiang, Horgos is about as far away from Beijing and Shanghai as any Chinese city can be. Officially established only in late 2014, the city of 85,000 residents still has the feel

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Dislocating contested space

Resource competition, cultural technologies and migrant space in Milan’s Chinatown

Kevin Latham

This paper explores the need to understand the cultural aspects of the production of space and the use of communications technologies in the Chinatown area of Milan, Italy, centred on Via Paolo Sarpi just to the northeast of the city centre. I argue that although we can understand some aspects of this space and Chinese migrants’ production of it in terms of the history of Chinese, largely Wenzhounese, migration with its associated social and economic models and practices, in order to understand the dynamic negotiation of space in the restrictively controlled Via Paolo Sarpi we need also to incorporate the cultural use of contemporary communications technologies – smartphones in particular – into that understanding.

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Social Quality in China

An Analysis of the Evaluation of Different Classes

Cui Yan and Huang Yongliang

Research Background Along with the development of its economy and society, China’s “social class groups” have been differentiated. In this article, the concept of social class group refers to a category or cohort of people’s subjective, self

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The Case of China

The Societal Impact of the “Whole of Government Approach”

Wang Jing and Wang Xue

States, in line with its political-administrative structure, adopted the initially less successful state-wide, decentralized, anti-epidemic organization approach ( Kettl 2020 ). As we will see, China adopted a top-down centralized governance approach to

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Doing Personhood in Chinese Culture

The Desiring Individual, Moralist Self and Relational Person

Yunxiang Yan

simply as ‘the state of being a person’ (i.e., the blob in Bloch’s sense), and I propose a tripartite approach to unpack personhood in Chinese culture. I emphasize that personhood is as much a state of being a person as a process of actual social actions

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Ka-Kin Cheuk

Introduction In early 2012, Indians in China suddenly became the focus of public attention in both India and China. It all began with a local business quarrel involving fifteen Chinese and two Indians at Yiwu, a county-level city in Zhejiang

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Public Evaluation of Society in China

The Social Quality Approach

Ren Liying and Zou Yuchin

very few and need to be taken on board. This study examines the nature (and changes) of the conditional factors as point of departure for people's evaluation of society in China. Based on data from a national representative survey in China in 2017, it