SOAS University of London

SOAS China Institute Centenary Project

15 March 2017

Over the last two centuries, large numbers of Chinese workers, soldiers, business people, scholars, students and adventurers, have set out from China to settle in all corners of the world. It is estimated that there are over 50 million Chinese living outside the Greater China region.

As part of the SOAS’ centenary celebrations, SOAS China Institute is leading a centenary project examining the experiences of overseas Chinese. Through oral history interviewing, this project aims to help allow the overseas Chinese communities to have a voice and be proud of their identities. Key topics under exploration include their experiences of migration, interaction with local host society and the making of their identities.

Two major events will be organized to document the stories and the trends that have been taking place in the overseas Chinese communities. First is an academic conference in China together with our centenary partner Zhejiang University. Second is an exhibition to offer a valuable snapshot of the memories collected, which will take place in China Exchange in May 2017.

  1. SOAS-Zhejiang University conference, Hangzhou, 22-24 April 2017.
  2. SOAS exhibition on Overseas Chinese: Migration, Experiences and Identities, China Exchange, 22-27 May 2017. Opening day and reception: 22 May 2017.