British Journal of Chinese Studies

dragon mural beijing 2018 copyright Gerda Wielander
Vol 12 No 1 (2022)

Strange New (Old) Worlds: Chinese Identities in Port Cities

Kaori Abe
University of Hull
cover image of Chinese student publication from 1921
Published January 22, 2022
How to Cite
Abe, K. (2022). Strange New (Old) Worlds. British Journal of Chinese Studies, 12(1), 100-104.


Observers of migratory Chinese in port cities have been producing writings that highlight the diversity of “Chinese” identities and lifestyles throughout collecting micro stories of individuals. Simultaneously, their publications ­­––newspaper, magazines, and encyclopaedia––functioned as a transnational platform linking different Chinese communities in different locations.


Image: Cover of The Chinese Student, 1921

  • Chinese identity,
  • port cities,
  • history of Hong Kong,
  • history of Singapore,
  • Chinese migration
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