Dr Cangbai Wang

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Cangbai Wang studied Bachelor and Master degrees in Modern Asian History at Peking University, and obtained a PhD in Sociology at the University of Hong Kong (2003) with a dissertation on "Reestablishing networks: Capital, Power and Identity in the Making of an Indonesian Chinese Community in Hong Kong". He worked as a researcher in the Research Department, Office of Overseas Chinese Affairs of the State Council of the PRC (1990 to 1995). Before he joined University of Westminster in 2008, he was a post-doctoral fellow/honorary assistant professor at University of Hong Kong and a visiting lecturer at City University of Hong Kong.

  • Introduction to Chinese Media and Culture
  • China’s Century of Revolutions: 1895-1980
  • Chinese Literature from May Fourth to June Fourth
  • China and the World: From Mao Zedong to the Present
  • Chinese Language Development
  • Chinese Language for Work
  • University Short Course: China and the World
  • Culture(s) and Conflict(s): Representations of War, Conflict and Revolution across World Cultures

Cangbai Wang is interested in the study of transnational migration from and to China and more recently migration-related museum and heritage studies. He is the author of Huo zai biechu: Xianggang yinni huaren koushu lishi(Life is Elsewhere: Stories of the Indonesian Chinese in Hong Kong) and articles in journals such as International Journal of Heritage Studies, Journal of International Migration and Integration and Asian Population Studies, Asia Pacific Viewpoint.

2017

Heritage as theatre: re-conceptualizing heritage-making in urban China (2017)
Wang, C. 2017. Heritage as theatre: re-conceptualizing heritage-making in urban China. China Information.

2016

Book review: Ethnicity in China: a critical introduction (2016)
Wang, C. 2016. Book review: Ethnicity in China: a critical introduction. National Identities .
The stamp of identities: negotiating diasporic Chinese subjectivity in philatelic spaces (2016)
Wang, C. 2016. The stamp of identities: negotiating diasporic Chinese subjectivity in philatelic spaces. Modern Languages Open.
Introduction: The ‘material turn’ in migration studies (2016)
Wang, C. 2016. Introduction: The ‘material turn’ in migration studies. Modern Languages Open.
The Turtle Garden: Tan Kah Kee’s last spiritual world (2016)
Wang, C. 2016. The Turtle Garden: Tan Kah Kee’s last spiritual world. International Journal of Heritage Studies. 22 (7), pp. 530-542.

2015

Book review: New perspectives on the Irish abroad: the silent people? (2015)
Wang, C. 2015. Book review: New perspectives on the Irish abroad: the silent people? Irish Migration Studies in Latin America. 8 (4), pp. 98-100.

2014

How does a house remember? heritage-ising return migration in an Indonesian-Chinese house museum in Guangdong, PRC (2014)
Wang, C. 2014. How does a house remember? heritage-ising return migration in an Indonesian-Chinese house museum in Guangdong, PRC. International Journal of Heritage Studies. 20 (4), pp. 454-474.
Postcolonial border crossing: British skilled expatriates in post-1997 Hong Kong (2014)
Wang, C., Wong, S.L. and Zheng, V. 2014. Postcolonial border crossing: British skilled expatriates in post-1997 Hong Kong. Asian Population Studies. 10 (1), pp. 75-95.

2013

Place of desire: skilled migration from mainland China to post-colonial Hong Kong (2013)
Wang, C. 2013. Place of desire: skilled migration from mainland China to post-colonial Hong Kong. Asia Pacific Viewpoint. 54 (3), pp. 388-397.

2012

Bridging borders in the global city: negotiating sameness and difference in Hong Kong’s skilled immigrants from mainland China (2012)
Wang, C. 2012. Bridging borders in the global city: negotiating sameness and difference in Hong Kong’s skilled immigrants from mainland China. Journal of International Migration and Integration. 13 (4), pp. 565-581.

2010

中国四个城市吸引海外回流人才比较研究:一个政策的视角 (Returned highly skilled migrants in four Chinese cities: a policy perspective) (2010)
Wang, C. 2010. 中国四个城市吸引海外回流人才比较研究:一个政策的视角 (Returned highly skilled migrants in four Chinese cities: a policy perspective). 华人研究国际学报 (The Journal of Diasporic Chinese Studies). 2 (2), pp. 55-74.

2009

Guiqiao: returnees as a policy subject in China (2009)
Wang, C. 2009. Guiqiao: returnees as a policy subject in China. Newsletter of International Institute of Asian Studies (IIAS). 50, p. 7.
Book review: Chinese transnational networks (2009)
Wang, C. 2009. Book review: Chinese transnational networks. Social Transformations in Chinese Societies. 4.

2008

Book review: Chinese business in the making of a Malay state, 1882-1941: Kedah and Penang (2008)
Wang, C. 2008. Book review: Chinese business in the making of a Malay state, 1882-1941: Kedah and Penang. Social Transformations in Chinese Societies. 3.

2007

“让我们一起去香港” (Let’s go to Hong Kong together) (2007)
Wang, C. 2007. “让我们一起去香港” (Let’s go to Hong Kong together). 读书 (Dushu). 11, pp. 76-83.
“跨境人口流动及其政策含义: 基于香港的分析” (Trans-border mobility and its policy implications: the case of Hong Kong) (2007)
Wang, C. 2007. “跨境人口流动及其政策含义: 基于香港的分析” (Trans-border mobility and its policy implications: the case of Hong Kong). 南方人口研究 (South China Population). 4, pp. 25-31.
“归的含义” (The meaning of return) (2007)
Wang, C. 2007. “归的含义” (The meaning of return). 读书 (Dushu). 1, pp. 107-114.

2006

Book review: Anti-Japanese or pro-Japanese: Overseas Chinese, the Chinese nationalist government and the Wang regime (2006)
Wang, C. 2006. Book review: Anti-Japanese or pro-Japanese: Overseas Chinese, the Chinese nationalist government and the Wang regime. Journal of Chinese Overseas . 2 (2), pp. 311-313.
Haigui: a new area in China’s policy towards Chinese diaspora? (2006)
Wang, C., Wong, S.L. and Sun, W. 2006. Haigui: a new area in China’s policy towards Chinese diaspora? Journal of Chinese Overseas. 2 (2), pp. 294-309.
“回家的路:关于全球化时代移民与家园关系的思考” (Way back home: reflection on the relationship between migrants and home in globalization era) (2006)
Wang, C. and Wong, S.L. 2006. “回家的路:关于全球化时代移民与家园关系的思考” (Way back home: reflection on the relationship between migrants and home in globalization era). 广西民族大学学报 (Journal of Guangxi University for Nationalities). 28 (4), pp. 30-44.
”回家的路:全球化时代移民与家园关系的思考“ (Way back home: reflection on the relationship between migrants and home in globalization era) (2006)
Wang, C. and Wong, S.L. 2006. ”回家的路:全球化时代移民与家园关系的思考“ (Way back home: reflection on the relationship between migrants and home in globalization era). 中国社会科学文摘 (Chinese Social Science Digest). 42, pp. 55-56.
Locating Hong Kong in the global network of professional migrants (2006)
Wang, C. 2006. Locating Hong Kong in the global network of professional migrants. Journal of Comparative Asian Development. 5 (2), pp. 329-344.
“华人网络的再认识:一个空间的视角” (Re-examining global networks of Chinese diaspora: a spatial perspective) (2006)
Wang, C. 2006. “华人网络的再认识:一个空间的视角” (Re-examining global networks of Chinese diaspora: a spatial perspective). 华侨华人历史研究 (Overseas Chinese History Studies). 2, pp. 22-30.

2004

“也谈华人“ (On Chinese diaspora) (2004)
Wang, C. 2004. “也谈华人“ (On Chinese diaspora). 读书 (Dushu). 10, pp. 121-129.
”黄绍伦教授与华人研究:一个社会学的观点“ (Wong Siu-lun and Chinese migration studies: a sociological perspective) (2004)
Wang, C. 2004. ”黄绍伦教授与华人研究:一个社会学的观点“ (Wong Siu-lun and Chinese migration studies: a sociological perspective). 华侨华人历史研究 (Overseas Chinese History Studies). 4, pp. 61-69.
"重塑香港的族群地图: 华人移民认同与族群建构的再认识" (Re-mapping Hong Kong’s sub-ethnicity landscape: a reconsideration of identity and ethnicity of Chinese diaspora) (2004)
Wang, C. 2004. "重塑香港的族群地图: 华人移民认同与族群建构的再认识" (Re-mapping Hong Kong’s sub-ethnicity landscape: a reconsideration of identity and ethnicity of Chinese diaspora). 社会学研究 (Sociological Studies). 6, pp. 90-100.

1999

“香港的归侨团体研究—以巨港(香港) 校友会为例” (A study of guiqiao communities in Hong Kong: the case of Palembang Chinese school alumni association) (1999)
Wang, C. 1999. “香港的归侨团体研究—以巨港(香港) 校友会为例” (A study of guiqiao communities in Hong Kong: the case of Palembang Chinese school alumni association). 华侨华人历史研究 (Overseas Chinese History Studies). (3), pp. 55-66.

1998

"东亚现代化视野中的华人经济网络:以泰国为例的研究" (Overseas Chinese economic networks in the perspective of East Asian modernization: the case of Thailand) (1998)
Wang, C. 1998. "东亚现代化视野中的华人经济网络:以泰国为例的研究" (Overseas Chinese economic networks in the perspective of East Asian modernization: the case of Thailand). 华侨华人历史研究 (Overseas Chinese History Studies). (3), pp. 8-27.

2016

Ambivalent heritage: the im/possibility of using diasporic heritage in South China (2016)
Wang, C. 2016. Ambivalent heritage: the im/possibility of using diasporic heritage in South China. 2016 International Symposium on Transnational Migration and Qiaoxiang Studies. Wuyi University, Jiangmen, China 10 to end of 12 Dec 2016
Invited discussant for session 6: How do emigrants adapt themselves to local culture? (2016)
Wang, C. 2016. Invited discussant for session 6: How do emigrants adapt themselves to local culture? Kick-Off Symposium for Research on Public Policies on Migration, Multiculturalization and Welfare for the Regeneration of Communities in European, Asian and Japanese Societies. Kobe University, Japan 22 to end of 23 Oct 2016
The 'material turn' in migration studies (2016)
Wang, C. 2016. The 'material turn' in migration studies. Mobility in Contemporary China: Imaginaries, technologies and power. Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle, Germany 29 to end of 30 Sep 2016
Repatriation of cultural relics as site for identity negotiation (2016)
Wang, C. 2016. Repatriation of cultural relics as site for identity negotiation. The 9th International Conference of International Society for the Study of Chinese Overseas (ISSCO). University of British Columbia, Vancourver, Canada 06 to end of 08 Jul 2016

2015

Heritage theatre: diasporic heritage, city-branding and place-making in South China (2015)
Wang, C. 2015. Heritage theatre: diasporic heritage, city-branding and place-making in South China . Cultural Heritage in China: Contested Understandings, Images and Practices. Lund University, Sweden 17 to end of 18 Jun 2015
“物质文化:华人研究的新视角”(Material culture: a new perspective to the study of Chinese diaspora) (2015)
Wang, C. 2015. “物质文化:华人研究的新视角”(Material culture: a new perspective to the study of Chinese diaspora). 华侨博物馆与华侨华人研究学术研讨会 (Conference on Overseas Chinese Musuems and the Study of Chinese Overseas) . Overseas Chinese History Museum of China and Peking University, Beijing, China 28 to end of 29 Nov 2015

2014

The stamp of identities: negotiating diasporic Chinese subjectivity in philatelic space (2014)
Wang, C. 2014. The stamp of identities: negotiating diasporic Chinese subjectivity in philatelic space. The ‘Material Turn’ in Migration Studies: Memory, Emotion and Identity in and across Three Diasporic Worlds. University of Westminster, London, UK 12 to end of 12 Jun 2014
The Turtle Garden: negotiating and representing diasporic imagination of Chinese identities and nation in the space of museum (2014)
Wang, C. 2014. The Turtle Garden: negotiating and representing diasporic imagination of Chinese identities and nation in the space of museum. The Second Biannual Conference of Association of Critical Heritage Studies. National University of Australia, Canberra, Australia 02 to end of 04 Dec 2014

2013

Return migration and cultural heritage in China (2013)
Wang, C. 2013. Return migration and cultural heritage in China. Public Lecture on the Study of Chinese Overseas. China Institute of Overseas Chinese History, Beijing, China 26 to end of 26 Jul 2013

2011

Museumfying Chinese diaspora: same heritage, different meanings? (2011)
Wang, C. 2011. Museumfying Chinese diaspora: same heritage, different meanings? Co-Reach (Co-ordination of Research between Europe and China) Conference on Chinese Cultural Heritage. German Archaeological Institute, Berlin 24 Apr 2011 to end of 24 May 2011
How does a house remember? family, village and memory of an Indonesian-Chinese community in Guangdong (2011)
Wang, C. 2011. How does a house remember? family, village and memory of an Indonesian-Chinese community in Guangdong. Co-Reach (Co-ordination of Research between Europe and China) Conference on Chinese Cultural Heritage. Beijing 26 to end of 27 Sep 2011

2010

Mobile heritage, transnational nationalism: the construction of a national Overseas Chinese museum in Beijing (2010)
Wang, C. 2010. Mobile heritage, transnational nationalism: the construction of a national Overseas Chinese museum in Beijing. Co-Reach (Co-ordination of Research between Europe and China) Conference on Chinese Cultural Heritage. University College London, London 06 to end of 07 May 2010

2009

Transformed border, repositioned place and contested identity: mainlander professionals in Hong Kong (2009)
Wang, C. 2009. Transformed border, repositioned place and contested identity: mainlander professionals in Hong Kong. AHRC Diasporas, Migration and Identities Programme/CRONEM Conference, Diasporas, Migration and Identities: Crossing Boundaries, New Directions. University of Surrey, Surrey, England 11 to end of 12 Jun 2009
Remapping the landscape of skilled expatriates in post-1997 Hong Kong (2009)
Wang, C. 2009. Remapping the landscape of skilled expatriates in post-1997 Hong Kong. New Zealand Chinese Association and International Society of the Study of Chinese Overseas Conference. University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand 18 to end of 19 Jul 2009

2008

Border, place and identity: mainlander professional migrants in Hong Kong (2008)
Wang, C. 2008. Border, place and identity: mainlander professional migrants in Hong Kong. Cityscapes of Diaspora: Chinatowns & Beyond. Middlesex University, London 15 to end of 15 Nov 2008
Re-defining return in Asian migration: the case of China (2008)
Wang, C. 2008. Re-defining return in Asian migration: the case of China. International Conference on Return Migration in Asia: Experiences, Ideologies and Politics. National University of Singapore, Singapore 31 Jul 2008 to end of 01 Aug 2008
Chinese mainland professionals in Hong Kong: profile, prospect and problems (2008)
Wang, C. 2008. Chinese mainland professionals in Hong Kong: profile, prospect and problems. 2008 Annual Conference of China’s Sociological Association, Jilin Provincial Academy of Social Sciences. Changchun, China 19 to end of 21 Jul 2008

2016

物质文化:华侨华人研究的新视角 (Material culture: a new perspective to the study of Chinese diaspora) (2016)
Wang, C. 2016. 物质文化:华侨华人研究的新视角 (Material culture: a new perspective to the study of Chinese diaspora). in: 华侨博物馆与华侨华人研究 (Overseas Chinese museums and the research of Chinese diaspora) 北京 (Beijing) 中国华侨出版社 (Chinese Overseas Publishing House). pp. 241-247

2014

Professional mainlanders in Hong Kong: profile, prospect and problem (2014)
Zheng, V., Wong, S.L. and Wang, C. 2014. Professional mainlanders in Hong Kong: profile, prospect and problem. in: Hsin-Huang, M.H. (ed.) Chinese middle classes: China, Taiwan, Macao and Hong Kong London Routledge. pp. 180-195

2013

Guiqiao as political subjects in the making of the People's Republic of China 1949-1979 (2013)
Wang, C. 2013. Guiqiao as political subjects in the making of the People's Republic of China 1949-1979. in: Xiang, B., Yeoh, B. and Toyota, M. (ed.) Return: nationalizing transnational mobility in Asia Durham Duke University Press. pp. 63-82

2009

Introduction: rising challenges and new frontiers of the population policies in China and India (2009)
Wong, S.L. and Wang, C. 2009. Introduction: rising challenges and new frontiers of the population policies in China and India. in: Wong, S.L. and Wang, C. (ed.) Population policies and development in China and India : comparative perspectives Hong Kong Centre of Asian Studies, University of Hong Kong. pp. 1-9

2007

Home as a circular process: a study of the Indonesian Chinese in Hong Kong (2007)
Wang, C. and Wong, S.L. 2007. Home as a circular process: a study of the Indonesian Chinese in Hong Kong. in: Thunø, M. (ed.) Beyond Chinatown: new Chinese migrants and China's global expansion Denmark Nordic Institute of Asian Study Press. pp. 183-209

2009

Population policies and development in China and India : comparative perspectives (2009)
Wong, S.L. and Wang, C. (ed.) 2009. Population policies and development in China and India : comparative perspectives. Hong Kong Centre of Asian Studies, University of Hong Kong.

2006

活在别处:香港印尼华人口述历史 (Life is elsewhere: stories of the Indonesian Chinese in Hong Kong) (2006)
Wang, C. 2006. 活在别处:香港印尼华人口述历史 (Life is elsewhere: stories of the Indonesian Chinese in Hong Kong). Hong Kong Centre of Asian Studies, University of Hong Kong.

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