Migration and Diaspora

Migration is one of the touchtone issues of our time: as a key driver of cultural globalization, the movement of peoples – migrants, refugees, travelers, international students, and others – is a core focus of this interdisciplinary research group.

This project seeks to expand our understanding of early Chinese migration to the US by uncovering vital aspects of Chinese educational migration in the years between 1840 and 1940.

China4Kids is a K-12 outreach project designed to promote understanding of Chinese culture and history at the elementary level in Massachusetts. The content for the project has been selected to support the Massachusetts History and Social Science Curriculum Framework, Grade 4 Learning Standards (4.1-4.6).

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.