Critical Mixed Race: Chinese Eurasians, 1843-1943

This project traces the evolution of ideas concerning East-West intermixing in China, Hong Kong, and the US in the years between 1842 and 1943, as well as the lived experiences of mixed/Eurasian families that formed through the histories of migration, diaspora, trade and other encounters on both sides of the Pacific. By comparatively interrogating how the notion of "mixedness" was produced in conjunction with evolving ideas of race, nationalism, citizenship, gender and class, the research contests both North American-centric and Han-centric accounts of race and national identity. The research has resulted in a book and several articles, and I am currently exploring the feasibility of producing a digital humanities-based project to further expand the impact.

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