This panel will discuss contemporary characteristics of Chinese overseas in East and Southeast countries by discussing how they have formatted ecological and social environments which surround them.
This panel will discuss contemporary characteristics of Chinese overseas in East and Southeast countries by discussing how they have formatted ecological and social environments which surround them. Chinese overseas are often regarded that they have various types of networks among them and construct transnational social space around the world by many scholars. As this presupposition has close affinity with transnationalism studies and globalization studies, anthropological studies of Chinese overseas, or so called Chinese diaspora studies, have attracted attention of many scholars. Moreover, with the raise of the People's Republic of China in the international area since the 2000s, the Chinese overseas studies became popular research topic among many academic disciplines. However, if anthropologists conduct ethnographic research of Chinese overseas, it is necessary to consider how to research and analyze macro level phenomena from anthropological framework which is based on micro level approach. The presenters of this panel will discuss how Chinese overseas conceive and adapt to the surrounding environment to understand the interconnectedness of micro and macro level societies. By comparing the participants' research findings, we will analyze how to understand the transnational phenomena such as Chinese diaspora's communities and networks. The following specific case-studies will be discussed: Chinese community in the Philippines, transnational activities of Chinese in Myanmar and Taiwan, interaction between Chinese and indigenous people in East Malaysia, and a Chinese school and students in Japan.