Series of Overseas China Studies

 Lecture I 

Recording the Real World of China: Form a French Photographer's Perspective

Instuctor: Yann Layma


Lecture II-V

  • II     Imperialism, Nationalism, and War: how the Chinese Economy got to 1949
  • III    Making China Socialist: the Chinese Economy, 1949-1978
  • IV   Reforming the Chinese Economy: Why, How, and Who?
  • V    China in the World Economy today

Instuctor: Dr. Felix Boecking


Lecture VI  

China’s changing relations to its diaspora: from investors to public diplomats

Instructor: Prof. Mette Thunø

"Spurred by globalisation human mobility is transforming national policies in both sending and receiving states, and China is no exception. In this talk, I argue that China as a sending country of millions of migrants is increasingly relying on its transnational communities in reaching domestic and as of recently foreign policy outcomes. I explore how China’s strengthened economic development and global position generate new political possibilities for the Chinese state to exert pressure and mobilise support from the growing number of transnational Chinese. In the late 20th Century, Chinese policies were primarily directed at transnational Chinese as providers of material and immaterial resources for the internal modernisation of China. However, in the beginning of the 21st Century these policies are gradually changing into more overt political strategies of underscoring Chinese migrants’ soft power role as potential public diplomats in support of China’s foreign policy interests. This recent development has in the 21. Century prompted China to take different novel political measures in terms of special rights and privileges to mobilise and engage the Chinese diaspora. I compare these measures to those of other diasporic states who also vividly are engaging their diasporas by e.g. extending citizenship and voting rights beyond the boundaries of the territorial state. In this comparative perspective of migrant sending states’ governance of the relationship between power and territory, I explore and discuss the political opportunities and constraints facing Beijing’s diasporic policies now and in the future."


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