HOMELandS members attend conference on transnational migration in China

25 January 2017

Homelands conference

Members of HOMELandS shared research with Chinese and international scholars at an international symposium on Transnational Migration and Qiaoxiang Studies. The symposium took place in Wuyi University, Jiangmen, China from 10-13 December 2016.

The event was co-organised by Guangdong Qiaoxiang Cultural Research Centre, Wuyi University, China Institute for Overseas Chinese History Studies, University of British Columbia and Jiangmen Wuyi Overseas Chinese Museum. Over 50 scholars from China, the US, Canada, Germany, France, Australia, Sweden, Japan, Hong Kong and the UK attended the symposium and discussed a range of issues related to transnational migration from transcultural and comparative perspectives.

HOMELandS members who attended the conference and presented their research:

  • Saskia Huc-Hepher – Constructions of home for the french community in London: an ethnosemiotic prism
  • Aisling McKeown – Transplanting communities: adaptation strategies of European and Irish immigrants in the nineteenth century American West
  • Cangbai Wang – Ambivalent heritage: the im/possibility of using diasporic heritage in South China

The HOMELandS presentations were well received by the conference audience. The Chinese organisers particularly liked Saskia’s and Aisling’s papers, as they offered welcome comparative perspectives to the study of Chinese diaspora. Their papers and several other English papers will be translated into Chinese for publication in an edited volume or a journal special issue in 2017.

Image: Saskia, Aisling and Cangbai with the conference organisers.

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